There was lots of excitement at my place today. I was doing research for my next book, when I heard a major raucous outside. It was the sound of dogs barking - and it sounded like an army of them. I got up to see what the problem was.
I saw Schultz, our German Shepherd...and a big white Husky. It was the cat-killing dog from next door. (If you weren't around for that post, the Husky had snuck into my yard and killed a hapless cat that had wandered in.)
Schultz looked like he was playing a little rough with the Husky, so I figured I needed to step in immediately, if not sooner. I put on my jacket and went outside.
The Husky galloped over to me, and Schultz went ballistic. It was full guard dog mode! The hair on his back stood up and he barred his teeth at the white mutt. Uh oh, I thought.
"Schultz, in the house!" I called, and quickly led him inside.
Fortunately, he listened and didn't fillet the Husky! (The Husky is a large 70 pound animal, but Schultz is even bigger at 100 pounds. I don't think it would've gone well for either dog!)
After Schultz was safely put away and calmed down, I called my neighbor. No answer. I figured I'd try to leash the Husky and get him back in his own yard. I went outside to deal with the white mutt. He ran up to me, but took off when he saw the leash. I knew I'd have to outsmart him. I walked over to the fence where he had pushed through the wire and gotten in. I bent it back, pretending to ignore him. Of course he was curious, so he came over. Then I leashed him. (See, now I can tell my daughter that I'm smarter than a dog!)
I took him over to his yard and tried to open the gate. It was locked, and there was no way I was going to get in. I walked up to the door and rang the doorbell. The cleaning lady answered.
"Hi," I said. "I had a little visitor!"
Boy, was she surprised!
Now I have to go fix a fence. Wish me luck, because I don't want anymore doggy playdates like that!