A Demanding Girl

 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 032024

It seems like in the last few weeks, my German shepherd has learned how to bark. Alli was a year old when we adopted her last June, and for the first several months she was a fairly quiet dog. She would whine when she needed to go out and make little happy yipping noises when we returned if we were gone for a while. But I never heard her bark very much. If the doorbell rang, she would let out a loud woof, but would stop when we went to the door.

The only exceptions to that was when a neighbor I had not met yet walked up to me from behind while I was washing my truck. Alli went ballistic that day, getting between us and putting on a heck of a Cujo imitation. She didn’t attack, but she definitely let him know she was on the job. And when I am driving the Kawasaki Mule she barks at it and tries to bite the tires. I wonder if she thinks it is trying to kidnap me?

However, back around Christmas, she seems to have discovered her voice, and she loves it. If a doorbell rings, she barks loudly. If someone walks up onto the porch, she usually barks to let us know they’re there before they ever touch the doorbell. If she looks out the bedroom door and sees deer in the pasture, she barks to tell the world about it. It’s a deep, intimidating sound if you didn’t know what a sweetheart she is. Not that she barks uncontrollably. Once we tell her to be quiet, she usually obeys quickly. That’s all well and good. I appreciate having a four-legged alarm system around the house.

But now she’s using her bark to make her demands known. And trust me, Alli can be a demanding girl. From the time she wakes up in the morning until she falls asleep at night, she’s got her soft rubber toy in her mouth, and nothing makes her happier than for us to throw it so she can chase it. Seriously, when we wake up in the morning, she’s sitting beside the bed with it in her mouth, waiting patiently for us to notice her so we can throw it. If we’re watching TV in the evening, she will put it on the footrest of one of our recliners and stare with longing brown eyes, waiting for us to throw the toy. If we don’t, she will nudge it with her nose to remind us it is there.

Lately, if I’m working at my desk and don’t pause long enough to throw it now and then, she barks at me, as if saying, “Okay, Mr. Hot Shot Author, enough of that nonsense. Throw my damn toy!” And, of course, I do. It’s a humbling moment when you realize how well your dog has trained you.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. This came from my friend Diane Melde, and I can definitely relate.

Thought For The Day – Not every day is precious. Waste today. You deserve it.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “A Demanding Girl”

  1. I remember our cats doing the same thing to us. Every morning it would be waiting to be fed, even if it was the weekend. If we were holding hands while watching the news, he’d sit on our hands.
    Your sign tells our story.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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