31 Days of Dogs, 10/2

Polo trees Mr. Squirrel.The dogs woke me up from my nap (and I really needed a nap). They were barking at Mr. Squirrel. From the pitch of their voices, I knew Mr. Squirrel was in that little tree, the one where he can taunt the dogs just a few feet over their heads. They don’t bark like that when Mr. Squirrel is up in the pecan tree.

I did what I always do first: bang on the door and yell, “Puppies! Hush!”

No good.

Then I banged on the wall of the house.

They didn’t even pause.

I went outside and clapped my hands.

They pretended not to hear me.

I called out sweetly, “Puppies! Come inside!”


Then I grapped the pitcher, which was half filled with water. They were so engrossed in barking that they didn’t hear me approach.

“Stop barking!” I yelled and threw the water in their direction, but they’d already scampered out of the way.

It did get Mr. Squirrel’s attention, though. He jumped to the pecan tree. The barking deepened to an acceptable letter. I went back inside and made cocoa mint maté.





  1. John Willome says

    It’s during these moments of unbridled joy in barking that I miss your “anti-barking” collars. 🙂

  2. John’s comment totally made me smile. We have sister pups and LOVE our citronella “anti-barking” collars. Now our pups can stalk Chippy (the Chipmunk) at length and our neighbors don’t mind at all. 🙂

  3. At least they were barking at something real. I have a puppy that barks at her imaginary friends.

  4. Too funny! Next time work backwards. That’ll get their attention. 😉

  5. Now. Why didn’t I think of that?

  6. snicker…

  7. This just makes me smile. (Except for the part about you missing your nap)