One of Ray's fans, "am I a grownup now?" a frequent commenter to this blog, is coming from England, with her husband, to visit the blind hound. (In the interests of full disclosure, she is actually going to N.Y. to meet up with family. But then they are making a slight detour to the greater Washington, D.C. area to meet Ray.)
In preparation for the visit, Ray will be getting a bath today so that he doesn't smell like Fritos. (Oddly enough, when Ray and I went to the pet store yesterday to buy catfood, one of our favorite cashiers, who also has a Redtick Coonhound, said to me; "Have you ever noticed how Redtick feet smell like Fritos?" I admitted that Ray, on occasion, smells like Fritos but I didn't realize the smell was emanating from his feet.) Gregg was the first one to notice the Frito Phenomenon and ever since he mentioned it, I know when Ray is ready for a bath because I start to yearn for Fritos. So before our visitors arrive (tomorrow) Ray is going to get a bath.
We are excited. Ray is an international sensation!