Monday, August 01, 2005

Dog days



In the dog days of summer, Jasmine spends a lot of time under the porch. She's developed a bark-in-place policy.

During the daytime she only budges if you open the door to ask, "What in the world are you barking at?" Then she'll take off like a rocket towards the interloper (heron, rabbit, cow).

Lately I've wondered about hooking a walkie-talkie up to her collar so I could ask her the same thing when she's barking beneath the bedroom window at 3:30 am.

18 comments:

the dharma bum said...

Ha ha! I've seen a number of posts lately that somehow define the Dog Days of summer... Most of them explaining the ancient history and astronomy, etc. This is certainly an unique definition.

Charles said...

can you clear a spot for me next to her please? thank you. you only need to bring us lemon aid once a day in mid afternoon.

e said...

She jumps up and runs only to appear to earn her keep- in short, she is a shirker dog.
Mine doesn't even bark at visitors, let alone earn his keep, unless you count the flies he catches and consumes in the kitchen.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

She's cute even when she's a lazy girl. I like her attempts at showing you what a good hard worker she is, even in the heat of the day. Good girl. She deserves treats for those tricks.

Floridacracker said...

I feel your pain on the predawn barking. Flounder has taken to scratching his tail end against the front screen door while barking in pleasure. Imagine the combination of screen door banging and dark barking at 2:00 am...

Floridacracker said...

Okay, I meant to say "dog" barking not "dark" barking...but it is dark at that hour.

Oh, and my Feather strikes exactly the same under the steps pose as Jasmine...

roger said...

just don't let the ducks lay eggs under there.

i've always favored dogs who bark in place rather than running at me while barking.

Niobium said...

E, mine's like that too. Burgler? Rapist? Murderer? No problem, come on it. Give me a treat while you're at it and you'll be my new best friend.

yllstonewolf said...

hahahaha....she's such a beauty! AND not just another pretty face - smart too!

e said...

Niobium- yellow labrador?

Mine is, and he's too darned friendly by half.

Rhodent said...

I'm with Jasmine... way too hot out there!~ She is a smart doggie!

Rhodent said...

P.S. And she is very cute too! I love it when you post about her... my favorite being an earlier post about her bumping into you along the path with a stick in her mouth. Hilarious!
Gotta lover her!!!!

Rurality said...

DB I started to talk some about what "dog days" really meant, but decided that shorter was sweeter. :)

Charles, you say that now, but you'd soon be wanting flea collars puppy biscuits.

E, flycatching is a pretty important task, especially if you're stuck without a flyswatter. :)

RD, yeah I probably wouldn't work that hard either without air conditioning!

Floridacracker, love your dogs' names. And I think all barking at 2 am is dark barking!

DPR the ducks don't get near her if they can help it. You should see how long it takes to herd them into their pen if Jasmine is "helping".

Nio, now if it's a strange person it's a different story. She used to like the meter reader guy, but now he's definitely an interloper too.

YSW, yeah she is smart. Sometimes. :) I can tell her "Go search the woods!" and she'll make a round behind the chicken coop. If she feels like it.

Thanks Rhodent, she still tries that trick whenever we're out walking. Only now she can pick up bigger sticks. :)

Niobium said...

E: nope, Siberian Husky.

Hick said...

This is so cute. I think this picture should be framed.

Dark Barking...heh.

Karen said...

Hee hee! I think Root Beer would be dead if I didn't have A/C. He is one lazy doggie (and I can't bear to see him pant and suffer, anyhow.)

Kathryn said...

fabulous photo! as for the two-way walkie talkie, great idea. I want to install a nanny-cam so I can see what exactly prompts my Miss Maggie to drag my duvet and all 17 pillows from my bed periodically when I am not home ...

Rurality said...

Hick she's a slobbery mess but she's a sweetie. :)

Karen we'd have no house left if the dog came inside. She's a little jealous that the cats can come in.

Thanks Kathryn. Is she trying to set up camp?! LOL.