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Can I Share A Funny?
I was looking for an old email tonight and came across a note that I sent to a few friends recently. I consider myself to be a fairly 'with it' person and not easily fooled, but for some reason, my dogs are masters at making me look and feel like a complete idiot.LOL Here's what happened:
I’m trying to work with Shadow on his barking issues and any time he keeps quiet when he’d normally bark, I make a fuss and praise and pet him. I was in the back room on the computer and he was laying on the ottoman behind me. The computer desk is near the window, which was open. A dog barked and Shadow didn’t react, which surprised me, so I immediately turned around and said “good Shad…gooooood quiet”, gave him a scratch behind the ears and turned back to the computer. After a few times of this, I rolled my chair to the window to see if the barking was the dog next door but I didn’t see him in the yard and it didn’t look like anyone was home. A few more barks, a few more scratches and words of encouragement for Shadow, and I got up and looked out the other window…couldn’t see anything in that yard either. It wasn’t the bark of the black lab across the street, not the Beagle a few streets over (who bays/barks quite a bit, at all hours), not the annoying screechy whateveritis that lives in the apartment building on the corner.
But the dog obviously wanted to get back inside its house and this had been going on for 10-15 minutes. Our police are good about checking on barking dogs/stray animals, so I figured I’d call and ask them give a listen the next time they patrolled my street to see if they could tell where the barking was coming from.
I went in the bedroom to get the phone and when I turned on the light, Kidget wasn’t curled up on my bed where I expected to find her. I called for her a few times….no Kidget. Well, my girl must’ve slipped out when I was letting Shadow back in. They both love sitting on the back porch. When I looked out the door, there she was, sitting on the porch, barking at the neighbors across the street who happened to be sitting on their porch.
Shadow wasn't reacting to the barking because he recognized that it was Kidget - and here he was getting all this praise and extra lovin' LOL
Worse, is that I was just about to report MYSELF to the police! Can ya imagine hearing the dispatcher say “Car #2....90 Ilford Ave is reporting a barking dog” - - and the barking dog lives at 90 Ilford Ave?LOL