August 5, 2010

Reflections about Arthur from CBC's The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean

The other day I was catching up on missed episodes of CBC's The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean.

The episode I was listening to was titled Mort D’Arthur, from July 10th. I didn't Realize what the title was when I first starting listening to it so I really wasn't prepared. For some reason and I can’t remember why the family had to take their dog, Arthur, to the vet and the family was worried sick over having to leave poor Arthur at the vet.

During the car ride from leaving the vet office, the family reminisce about the good times they had with their dog and also about another dog Dave had in his childhood. Some of their favourite times were some of my favourite times too.

I love the episode when Dave couldn't figure out what was wrong with house thermostat and why one room was always colder than the rest of the house in winter and warmer in summer. Turns out Arthur was laying and covering up the vents. When Josie did that a few times I mentioned here how Josie was 'pulling an Author', and she too was covering over the vents. I think hubby and I came up with that phrase long after I post the blog of her covering up vents.  Josie and a lot of Hot Air

I also loved the story about the potatoes and how he would carry one potato over at a time to his bed and lay on them as if he was a mother bird protecting or hatching her eggs. It was such a great and funny story. had a great summary of who Arthur was:
“Arthur is the family dog. He likes soft ice-cream and considers himself dominant to Dave (much to Dave's surprise) and steals socks and potatoes. He was once a sheep in a Christmas pageant. Arthur is considered a full family member.”
When the family got home they were greeted by the mom, Morley, who stayed home. She took the phone call from the vet: Arthur didn't make it.

I don't know how long I have been listening to the Vinyl Cafe, but certainly long enough to have listened to countless stories about Dave and Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie, their pets, Arthur the dog and the cat, and their assorted friends and neighbours. I would say at the very least, I have been listening to the Vinyl Cafe for as long as I can remember.

I was saddened and moved from losing such a beloved fictional character I have been listening to for so many years.
Secret Lives of Pretty In Pink Dogs

1 comment:

  1. I haven't listened to the Vinyl Cafe in a long time. You've inspired me to download some podcasts to listen to on the drive to Ottawa. Thank you.