New arrivals at 9 Dogs Howling are required to submit an application, a $5000 security deposit, and an essay (maximum 500 words) about why they should live here. Here's the discussion Babe and I had about his essay:
Babe: I should live at 9 Dogs Howling because I'm the cutest puppy there ever was.
Jean: Yeah, they all say that.
Babe: No, it's true. I'm the cutest ever.
Jean: First Georgie said that, then Polly, then Patch, and after that, it was downhill all the way.
Babe: I'll be good, I promise.
Jean: Oh? What about the lamp cord over there?
Babe: I'm a puppy! How was I supposed to know I'm not supposed to chew electrical cords?
Jean: And what about the corner of the hassock?
Babe: But Teddy and Jinx had already chewed on it when I got there. I was just evening it up, you know?
Jean: Yeah, I've heard that one before, too.