By: Jen Russon
At city hall in Coral Springs, Vice Mayor Joy Carter’s desk is looking a bit sparse. It seems her dog Chauncey got tired of watching her work and decided to spend his summer elsewhere.
Clad in a white handkerchief bearing his mistress’s name, the stuffed pooch has been spotted all over the world since disappearing around the 4th of July.
His captors have posted Chauncey’s whereabouts nearly every day since the dog took off from Miami International Airport, on a first-class flight bound for Switzerland.
Before being cooed over by flight attendants, the toy poodle was pampered in various places in Coral Springs where he turned up at The Walk to dine at the 4 Rivers Smokehouse and 1000 degrees Pizzeria — by invitation of the restaurant who thought he was so cute, they said dinner was on the house.
Vice Mayor Carter said she understands how people fall for Chauncey’s charm. She named the dog after a character in her favorite Peter Seller’s movie, Being There.
“I had a poodle when I first got married, I named after Peter Seller’s character, Chaunce. With the British accent, it sounded like they were saying Chauncey,” explained Carter, who said the 1979 film was about a hapless gardener from Washington, D.C., whose wealthy employer dies and forces him to leave the only home he’s ever known. Chaunce soon encounters worldly and sophisticated folk who teach him to act the perfect gentleman.
From the looks of things on the Where in the World is Chauncey Facebook page, the dog is receiving a similar education. He has been to Monte Carlo to do a bit of gambling, sat poolside in the south of France, downed cappuccinos while looking over the rocky cliffs of the Almafi Coast, and seen ancient ruins in Rome, Athens, and Pompeii. Chauncey has even been taken to Israel, stopping by the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the beaches of Tel Aviv.
Some of these updates feature live video of the dog, boating in Malta, or praying there are no earthquakes while he enjoys Greece. All the pampering begs the question: if he had a chance to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, do you think Chauncey wished to return to city hall, Vice Mayor Carter, and her four fellow commission members in Coral Springs again?
After all, Chauncey’s captors told the vice mayor her beloved stuffie adores globetrotting and prefers bottled water to tap.
Despite all the fun Chauncey appears to be having, Vice Mayor Carter said she anticipates his safe return, right next to her Swingline stapler and office computer, adding she knows his time galivanting around is coming to an end.
Chauncey’s captors said they might release him soon; however, do encourage anyone who sees the errant canine to report the sighting to city hall.
- Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English Language Arts teacher. She has published two novels to Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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