Excerpts from Gardner McKay’s memoir: Journey Without a Map:
The Five-Thousand-Dollar Dog
...Or by today’s standards, a thirty-five-thousand-dollar reward. $5,000 reward.
He did not look the part. His name was Pussycat and he was uneven. Pussycat was a forty-five-pound hairy dog. In some postures, and some aspects, he might be seen as a frontless, backless dog. At a moment of high excitement he might exhibit a momentary flash of red tongue. The kind of dog that will amuse a roomful of strangers.
He resembled a four-dollar dog; he was in bad need of a haircut. He could get along with anyone and anything; he had a good little snap that reminded me of pliers.
By anyone’s standards, he was lovable. When he first set foot in your place he slipped on your throw rug.
He was a child who never grew up. Pussycat was the only dog allowed on the 20th Century-Fox lot. Except for Elizabeth Taylor’s dog. No other dog had been allowed on the lot since Rin-Tin-Tin. Anyway.
It was the night of the Academy Awards at the Pantages Theater, downtown Hollywood. Pussycat accompanied me to the parking lot. At the end of the evening he had wandered off. The car was empty. Three weeks passed.
Pussycat chose a strange journey, impossible for me to believe. To cross a major city at a diagonal which he had never crossed before. Twenty miles. The young guard at the studio gates looked at the dog and then at me. There was a lack of connection between the money and the dog.
“It’s more money than I’ve ever had at one time in my life.” “It’s yours.”
“I know it, I can’t believe it.”
He kept looking at the dog as if it would give him verification. Pussycat had been made smaller by the rain. I got a towel on him and rubbed him all over.....
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