Wednesday, February 20, 2008

No Fear

My wife arranged to leave for work a little late yesterday because some workers were coming to install crown molding. When they got delayed, my wife asked them if it was okay if she just left a key and went on to work. Pappy has been around construction workers a fair amount over his years with us, so she figured all would be well. She didn't realize that the dog-loving guy who had visited us for the estimate wasn't going to be there.

When my wife got to work she got a call from the workers. They couldn't get in the house. Pappy was at the front door like the Spartans at Thermopylae blocking the way to Xerxes massing armies. Except that these were just a couple of workers, and Pappy was growling and barking at them rather than lopping off heads and arms. Fortunately neighbor-dog Molly's mom was home, and we called her to come dognap our stalwart warrior while the workers went about their business.

When we got home Pappy was back to normal-- still scared of the slippery kitchen floor, and he shied away from a black trashbag that blew across the street during our evening walk. Our mighty protector.


Gayle said...

The other day our fearsome Max kept the scary PIRG canvaser at bay. But, he's still also scared of the kitchen floor and men in hooded sweatshirts.

Nat said...

Yeah, I depend on Pappy to bark and strain when the door-to-door guys come by. Gives me a good "gotta go" excuse.

Charlie said...

Yeah, but he didn't let the bad guys in, did he... and since they're gone now, it worked!
- Charlie

Jackson said...

Well, at least he tried! J x

FleasGang said...

well that settles it. you're gonna have to do all your home remodeling yourself!

The Fleas

Amici said...

Poor Pappy. You were just trying to help. Don't worry, I'm not a protector dog either. I like people too much.

Roxie, Sammy and Andy said...

Barking is what we do best! Wait, eating, sleeping, peeing and pooping are what we do best. Keep up the good work, Pappy. We know you are brave!

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Balboa & Mommy said...

I think you're very brave for protecting your house while the humans were gone!!!

Happy Adoption Day for tomorrow. Can we send you an email card? my email is

Frenchie Snorts

Stella and Annie said...

My fearless guard dog is also petrified of plastic bags that blow in the breeze. I guess we'll never be able to watch American Beauty together.

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

Happy Adoption Day Pappy - we are so glad that you found such a wonderful furever home :-)


William Tell said...

Good dog, Pappy! Keeping those shifty-eyed, suspicious-looking, up-to-no-good workers outa the house!

I'm with you on those trash bags, though. Kinda scary.

William Tell