She herself had a pair of huskies, an old pick-up truck, and a cat she'd moved, if I remember correctly, all the way from Northern New York.
Her next-door neighbor had a handful of Great Danes, huge spooky creatures that stood at the common fence and barked like earthquakes whenever anything moved in C's yard.
I visited shortly after the horrible day when C's cat, neatly running along the top of the fence, slipped and fell and was eaten alive by the Great Danes right in front of C's eyes.
The neighbor said things were not good.
"What's up?" C inquired, I imagine not particularly interested.
"It's the damn dogs. They won't go outside and they started crapping in the house."
His neighbor has two enormous hairy dogs that go nuts whenever someone ventures into Big A's back yard.
I told him the story about C and the Great Danes, and we laughed, but Big A is a man of action. He got himself an ultrasonic dog-training whistle.
The first time he used it, tuning it according to the directions, the dogs barked, tilted their heads sideways, and then stopped barking. The second time, they took a look at him and then hauled ass to the other side of their house.
A few days later, Big A ran into the neighbor. He likes the neighbor, despite her unneighborly dogs. She looked tired.
He asked how she was, and she said she was worried. Her dogs had been up all night, crapping in the house.
12/18/2016 02:17:33 pm
For shame! I am laughing, but that's just mean!
12/19/2016 08:52:32 am
My work here is done.
12/18/2016 07:54:40 pm
Gotta get me one of those whistles.
12/19/2016 08:54:29 am
I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing me one this year. And by "good authority," I mean around $5 on Amazon.
2/12/2017 08:03:03 am
Did you get one? Is it working? Your writing and the pacing of it - exquisite.
2/12/2017 04:14:37 pm
Awww, thanks Cath!
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