Whatever you would prefer, Jules. I get referenced as alto, Allan, or Al on a regular basis. Opinionated asshole has been used more than once, though it’s not my personal favourite.
And yes, the teeth … that was a hard one. Obviously at the time I had no idea how it would play out, but I remember being struck by the fact that all I could offer her, literally, was her teeth in my hand. A woefully inadequate response to her crisis, yet it was still an oddly poignant moment.
And since you did mention dogs, this doesn’t officially qualify as shameless self promotion, but I believe you might get a kick out of my latest piece.
Thanks for writing back!
Late addition: As I failed to mention it earlier, please be asured that I would never be so rude as to decline the oppurtunity for a good arse sniffing!