Penny Lane Beglin rolls with the trends. She wears cable-knit sweaters, gets groomed with "chai" shampoo and eats holistic food. (I know, that was as painful to read as it was for me to type. I know no shame with this dog.)
Anyway, it wasn’t long before Penny discovered Facebook.
Now she has 72 friends.
Of course, her statuses are error-free and grammatically correct, a mark of the copy editor (ahem) who changes them each day. Some are mundane: "Penny is getting a bath today." Some are more inspired: "Penny thinks Darcy napping sounds like Sigourney Weaver napping in ‘Ghostbusters.’ "Her favorite movies are "Turner & Hooch" and "Must Love Dogs." Her activities include "stealing socks from Chris" and "pinning people down and licking their faces." She’s a "fan" of all the city’s pet stores and, well, peanut butter. Her relationship status? "It’s complicated."
I know I mostly humor myself with all this, but it’s fun to see when she gets friend requests, comments on her statuses or messages on her wall. (Posts are often from fellow blogger Kimberly Dupps Truesdell, whose dog Denali and Penny kind of have A Torrid Thing going on. They haven’t met yet. Suspense is high.)
The part that always warms my little heart is when people tag Penny in photos. A girl I met on Halloween tagged Penny as "the cute puppy at the party." And Penny’s profile photo on Facebook was taken this year when a college friend visited.
Of course, now that Penny is a social-networking expert, friends are starting to ask when they’ll see Darcy on Facebook. Whoa, people, in our household, being on Facebook is a privilege, not a right. Penny’s earned it.
Plus, Darcy fears people. Her "friends" are a short list of Penny, Chris and I right now. When she starts letting my friends pet her, we’ll see about Facebook "friends"!