Response to Barking Dog letter
Dear BB. The problem is, his human is stupid. Some humans are so stupid they seem beyond hope. That is the case for this poor dog’s human.
She needs to take him to training and she needs to learn how to reward him for not barking unless an unknown person comes into the yard. Or, she needs to keep him inside more, to specifically guard the house. As long as he is outside, he will guard the air, and the entire neighborhood…and it is a shame his efforts have not been properly appreciated by one and all. Instead, he is punished, when it is his human who should be punished.
I’m sure the neighbors wish his human would wise up. They must have visions of her moving away and taking the dog with her. Maybe the neighbors should come out and yell at HER when she finally comes out to drag her poor dog inside. Maybe they should yell, “You stupid woman! You are a terrible neighbor and a terrible dog owner!”
I, being a cat, have a melodious voice, as do BB and Cordless. My voice is quite impressive, but cannot be heard outside. I do sometimes hear dogs barking outside, and there are two, who are new to the area, and who sound “sharp and yappy”, according to my Adopted Mom. She calls their human “ That Stupid Woman” because the dogs bark to be let inside, but That Stupid Woman does not let them in right away. My Mom has yelled, “Shut UP!”very loud, too. Honestly, the yelling sounds as bad as the barking, but that’s between you and me.
Abby, the pretty Golden Retriever who lives in a house in back of us, only barks a few short, pleasant sounding barks when her human throws tennis balls out for her to rum and fetch. I used to like to sit up at the den window and watch Abby, when I could still see clearly. Abby’s polite barks are ok.
But back to my own finely tuned Vocal Instrument: I time my complex operatic arias for morning, when I want my Adopted Mom to give me my delicious treats. I skillfully emulate the late Maria Callas’ full throat technique until my adopted Mom is energized and alert enough to start Treat Time.
After my robust A Capella performance, I resume Quiet Mode and Conversation Mode, which are less artistically demanding. We Great Ones know that the instrument of The Voice must be rested in order to preserve quality. Maybe the Watch Dog would benefit from a “Less is More”approach. Or, maybe he should look for a better home.
Blackie the Wonder Cat