As many of you know, my day often begins with a walk behind our dog, Maddie. I take pictures of interesting views in and around two adjacent town parks. Maddie sniffs. Every now and then, Maddie stares at something in the distance. Usually, it’s nothing – well, nothing I can see. Sometimes she stops and refuses to go any farther. Sometimes she barks in a full on “Danger, Danger Will Robinson” moment.
One of the people she barks at is an elderly woman who walks around the apartment complex where she lives. It’s an old school that was converted to Town-owned apartments. The woman walks with a walker, and we have perhaps been a tad inconsiderate when we dubbed her “the walker lady.”
I do my best to never bring Maddie anywhere near the walker lady. We avoid her route when I know she’s walking, and if we see her, I detour to get Maddie to focus elsewhere. When Maddie does see her, she barks, regardless of how far away the walker lady is. Maddie barks, and the lady gives us the stink-eye.
Monday, Maddie and I were walking through the parking lot to the main driveway into the park. Maddie stopped dead in her tracks. She wasn’t budging. She just stared at the apartment complex. I didn’t see anything at first. Then I saw what Maddie saw. Maddie looked at me as if to sat,
“Oh my dog, she brought reinforcements – now what?”
Then she began barking as if the world was ending.
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