Scene:
Last bathroom call of the evening, roughly 9:30pm. Dark,the porch lights are one,thinly illuminating the backyard with a light mist wafting in the air, just enough to make things look mysterious.
Open the door and all 3 dogs run out, Mojo at point,Taffy second and Luke, trailing behind.
Suddenly, Taffy comes to a screeching halt just before jumping off the deck onto the grass. Barking shrilly, she stops and points. Mojo and Luke,(ever vigilant for Taffy's safety) go on High Alert! Danger Will Robinson! Code Red! Intruder Alert!
Suddenly, the boyz see the danger. Up ahead! Get it! Kill! Maim! Destroy!
Taffy, barking wildly, "Go get it Boyz! It's right there! Looks very dangerous,you go first!"
Off in a snappy leap off the deck they go, Mojo still at point, snarling and barking deeply enough to send earthworms scurrying deep in the earth, thus adversely affecting fisherman looking for bait for the rest of the season, and Luke right behind him, barking in a slightly higher pitched baritone sound.
The question of Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear Every Time You Are Near, has become redundant forever.
CHARGE to the fence! Screech to a halt! Grass flys in every direction, ripped from the roots due to the extreme friction of applied brakes. Hackles on high!
It was the poop bucket and the scoopers,resting up alongside the fence.

Undaunted and not willing to appear foolish any longer,Mojo decides to attempt to salvage his remaining shreds of dignity and continues on with the charade by continuing his charge down the fence line, with only a split moment to recover from what could have appeared to be a very foolish judgement call.
"I was only kidding! The REAL danger is OUT THERE! Oh, okay, maybe not THERE, but way over THERE, on the OTHER side of the yard." Let's go,Tonto"!
Luke is still trailing, trying mightily to keep up with the superb and keen spidey senses of Mojo, the Mighty Protector and Defender of potentially deadly poop buckets.
"Okay then,we must have chased it off, time to pee and then go to bed, troops".
Nonchalantly, all 3 have a group pee then happily trot up to the door and enter the domicile with a very satisfied looks on their faces and I swear I heard someone mutter, "This yard is now safe for all mankind".

Terri
"Okay then,we must have chased it off, time to pee and then go to bed, troops". Nonchalantly, all 3 have ... satisfied looks on their faces and I swear I heard someone mutter, "This yard is now safe for all mankind".

I loved that light moment, thank-you.

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Scene: Last bathroom call of the evening, roughly 9:30pm. Dark,the porch lights are one,thinly illuminating the backyard with a light ... satisfied looks on their faces and I swear I heard someone mutter, "This yard is now safe for all mankind".

How funny! And they managed to salvage their dignity, after all!

A much smaller story... the other night I was sitting in Hubster's Lazy Boy instead of mine. Dylan was outside, and when Hubster let her in she came around the corner to the living room, stopped, planted her feet and started to bark at me. I let her bark for a few seconds, then spoke to her, at which point she recognized me. A few minutes later she came back into the living room and started barking at me again. There are Things Which Must Not Be Changed, and I guess the chair I occupy is now one of them. :-)
FurPaw
Nonchalantly, all 3 have a group pee then happily trot up to the door and enter the domicile with a very satisfied looks on their faces and I swear I heard someone mutter, "This yard is now safe for all mankind".

Hee, hee.
The only time I ever heard Harlan bark angry (hey! you get out of my yard! now! now!) turned out to be a plastic bag blown up against the fence.
Psycho dogs.
The only time I ever heard Harlan bark angry (hey! you get out of my yard! now! now!) turned out to be a plastic bag blown up against the fence.

Coming very late to this thead so hoping I'm not OT, but a friend of mine told a story about her 6 Dobermans, who all alerted on a stranger (a utility worker) outside their fence early in the morning. Out the all fly from the dog door, in full cry, and impressive sight indeed then all at once, every single one of them came to a screeching halt to pee.

Attack of the Peeing Dobermans!
Too funny, Terri! I love that.. "I meant to do that. Really."

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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