My Zenness has nothing to do with my absence, Scout.
Meanwhile, America is free of the canine rabies virus.
When I was a kid, the prospect of getting the rabies virus injection scared me more than the thought of being chewed up by a mutt.
"Fourteen injections in the stomach", we were told by our parents. After this would come a graphic description of the syringe, followed by a stern reminder that one would most definitely grow fur, tail and claws after fourteen injections. Or that one would lift his leg at every lamp-post and chase every car and scooter in town.
I don't know about you but the latter idea doesn't sound too bad to me.