Let Us Tell You ’bout Our Friend Leonard

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Once upon a time, there was a dog named Leonard. We, the shop dogs of Parnassus Books, would like to tell you about him.

Before Leonard was adopted, he was a pitiful pup. He had no home, but he did have a bad case of mange that caused his hair to fall out and his skin to become red and sore. It was a tough time for Leonard. (He read a lot of Charles Dickens back then.)

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But then a friendly lady found him (in a dumpster — A DUMPSTER!) and introduced him to Halley, one of our shop-people. Halley decided Leonard should come and live in her home. So he did. They immediately bonded over their love of surrealistic literary fiction and ability to cast side-eye.

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Leonard got food and medicine and a nice place to sleep and — most importantly — lots of love. He fattened right up, grew some hair, and felt much better.

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He got to try lots of new things, like swimming.

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And ice cream.

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And hats.

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And boots. Oops.

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Leonard loves his house-mate, Basil, who is a cat. Basil is an expert in the horror and thriller genres. Leonard is not, but they’re still friends, because you don’t have to love the same books to love each other.

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Leonard does impressions.

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And he loves bedtime.

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He also has an excellent sense of humor.

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Once Leonard got to feeling better, he was ready for a new challenge. That’s when we decided he might try joining the workforce. As it turns out, Leonard loves helping people find just the right book. If you really want to see Leonard smile, come out and observe him sometime when he’s on the bookmobile, Parnassus on Wheels.

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Leonard likes working so much that we’ve invited him to be a part-time bookmobile helper-dog. He could not be more pleased. (He even reads books with happy endings now.)

But he’s not allowed to drive.

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Come experience the joy of Peggy, the Parnassus on Wheels bookmobile, yourself! Follow her whereabouts on Twitter — #wherespeggy — and visit her on these upcoming weekends:

  • Saturday, August 5, 6-9 p.m. at the First Saturday Downtown Art Crawl, 5th Avenue between Union St. & Church St.
  • Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, August 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Music City Solar Eclipse Festival, Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd.

Meanwhile, we hope you’ll drop into the bookstore whenever you need something to read. Any of us shop dogs who are on duty will gladly sniff your shoes and have a snuggle.

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Fun fact: Ewok (left) was found in the same dumpster as Leonard. He now has a home with novelist Jeanne Ray (who is Ann Patchett’s mom, so technically this makes him . . . Sparky’s uncle?). He reads a little of everything, but he really enjoys sci-fi. Ewok and Leonard get together and hang out every so often. #dumpsterbrothersforlife