Mama Diaries

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mister Rake Eater

It's Spring. That means it's time to do some yard work. This past weekend, my husband got out the electric hedgers and went to town trimming the holly bushes, which were completely out of control. The result was a humongous pile of branches and leaves.

When the trimming was done, I got out the rake and proceeded to organize it all into a big pile which could be jammed into bags and hauled to the curb for pickup.

Schultz, our giant 112 pound German Shepherd, rested on the grass, supervising the entire operation. He was very well-behaved until the rake came out. I don't know what it was about the rake that made him go bananas. Maybe he thought it had teeth. But as soon as I put it down, he was all over that thing. He grabbed it in his mouth, shook it around, and trotted off with it.

"Schultz, drop it!" I yelled.

He did. But he didn't stop pouncing on it and biting it.

"Enough, Schultz!" He stopped and looked at me. Like I was crazy for letting such a ferocious looking object be in the yard with us.

I grabbed the rake and continued raking.

He kept a close eye on it. It wasn't until the rake was safely positioned on the hook in the garage that he relaxed.

Silly dog. He actually thought he had to guard us against a rake! 

31 comments:

  1. Hi, Sherry!

    That's a very interesting anecdote, dear friend. I wonder what was going through Schultz's mind. He must have thought you were wrestling or struggling with the rake, that it was indeed attacking you, and he instinctively came to your defense. It's a good thing he wasn't injured biting and shaking it. I wonder what he thought of the electric hedger your husband used. Seems like he would have regarded it as a threat, too, but maybe he isn't as protective of your husband as he is of you.

    Thanks for the story and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. I would have thought the electric hedger would've ranked much higher as a threat than the rake. Maybe Schultz figured he couldn't take on the hedger. The rake was more his speed.

      Enjoy your week as well.

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  2. Schultz is so funny. That must've been quite a sight. You never know what an out-of-control rake might do. :)

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    1. He likes to attack our sprinklers, too. You know, those things can be dangerous!

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  3. Maybe the cat peepeed on it while you weren't looking and he was just trying to save you.

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    1. No. Bootsy is the best-behaved cat ever. He wouldn't do a thing like that to his favorite person. Schultz was just being stupid. :)

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  4. Well, it does make a rather obnoxious noise while being used. But he's seen it before, right? It's not like you've never raked your yard before.

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    1. Maybe he didn't like the noise. Or maybe he just wanted attention and didn't like that the rake was getting all of it.

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  5. Maybe he was just trying to save you from yourself. Or more precisely, save you from working too hard. I mean, why rake when you could take a leisurely walk with a handsome dog?

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    1. I'm sure he would've preferred that I walk him rather than rake clippings!

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  6. Schultz may be telling you you are weeding too early. At least that's my excuse for putting this task off until I'm certain the rains are done...

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    1. He was probably sick of watching and wanted to get in on the action.

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  7. I agree with Susan. Schultz just didn't want you to have to do all that work. It had to be a fun sight though watching him go after the rake. :)

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    1. It was amusing. The rake looked like a stick in the big dog's mouth!

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  8. Wonderful post Sjerry, how everything and everyone comes to life at spring. Thanks for sharing.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Lots of activity around my house this time of year.

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  9. If rakes rise up to take over the world, you'll be glad he attacks them.

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  10. thank you for sharing funny story...
    have a great day

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  11. How funny and what a good guard dog! ;) Ours has always had something against the broom.

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    1. He is a good guard dog. It's rare that anything gets past him.

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  12. haha he'll never let a rake uprising occur

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  13. Well, at least he's paying attention to potential threats!

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  14. Now you know what would happen to a stranger who dares to come on your property. I say ... way to go Shultz. :-)

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  15. "I'm allowed to write for three days", satta king by the next afternoon I'm chomping at the bit to get back to it.play bazaar

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