If you’ve read my very first post on this blog [On rice, tables & life], then you know that Ilsa was our much-beloved dog, arguably one of the world’s best. She was named for Ilsa Lund, the character played by the breathtaking Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, the star-crossed lover to Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine. One day a few years ago, my husband and I were watching Casablanca, probably for the hundredth time at least, while Ilsa (the dog) sort of roamed around our home, from living room to water bowl in kitchen to front door and back. On one of those wanderings, she passed in front of the TV as Rick was uttering Ilsa (Lund’s) name. Ilsa the dog actually stopped at the sound of her name, did a double take at the TV screen as if to say, “You talkin’ to me?” and then wandered off down the hall, just assuming we were all discussing her. No ego problems there.
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