harriet is totally and completely useless. a couple of days ago, a neighbor came over to borrow a space heater. i was in the bedroom and didn't hear her drive up or knock at the door, so when walked into the living room, there was someone standing inside the front door. huh. harriet, i'll have you know, was outside, too busy doing whatever to even investigate someone coming into her yard and entering her house. some guard dog.
then, last night, we were curled up on the couch harriet sleeping in her customary burrito and me reading a book. another neighbor stopped by briefly to get some cash from me (i'll spare you my bank card rant). i got up, put on my snow boots and coat, and went outside to give it to her, so that she wouldn't have to get out of her car. harriet was too comfy to even consider getting her butt up off the couch. i came back inside and she was still wrapped up in her blanket. she wiggled her nub in that "i'm happy to see you but i'm sure you won't mind if i don't get up just now" way. brat.
i know i've complained about barky, noisy dogs before, but this is ridiculous. one alarm bark especially when people are coming into the house! is all i'm asking for. surely that's not unreasonable?

shelly
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i hate noise also. the neighbors wind chimes are enough for me to become a CHE archetype and tear them down but i do not as that would be breaking the law.
any dog taht barks responds to "No Speak" as a command. along with a gentle voice.
one alarm bark especially when people are coming into the house! is all i'm asking for. surely that's not unreasonable?

Perhaps I should send the Misses Barkis to you for a visit. Then you will return to counting your blessings. I could teach you the "everything is fine, we don't bark at the neighbors" song so you wouldn't go completely nuts.
Although seriously I do like some alarm barking. And the girls don't bark at the neighbors, although there is a bit of whining when the new puppy emerges.
Harriet sounds like a bit of a cat-dog.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
Perhaps I should send the Misses Barkis to you for a visit. Then you will return to counting your blessings. I could teach you the "everything is fine, we don't bark at the neighbors" song so you wouldn't go completely nuts.

oh, if there's singing involved, then it's all good. i'm always ready to sing silly dog songs. in fact, i think i embarrass harriet sometimes with the singing and whatnot.
Although seriously I do like some alarm barking. And the girls don't bark at the neighbors, although there is a bit of whining when the new puppy emerges.

well, that's understandable. it *is* a new puppy, and that's got to be pretty exciting to Zoe and Queenie.
Harriet sounds like a bit of a cat-dog.

huh. yaknow, she does wash herself like a cat, so you could be onto something. she hatehatehates getting wet, too.

shelly
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How old is Harriet? Lady's will be two in February and her protective instinct really didn't kick in until about the last 4 months. Now she puts on quite the show at being a big bad guard dog. There was a time right after we got her that I never thought she'd get the hang of it.

Celeste
one alarm bark especially when people are coming into the house! is all i'm asking for. surely that's not unreasonable?

Perhaps I should send the Misses Barkis to you for a visit. Then you will return to counting your blessings. I could teach you the "everything is fine, we don't bark at the neighbors" song so you wouldn't go completely nuts.

Boy do I need that song. I've lived here going on 12 years now. Both Viva and Cala have lived here all their lives. My neighbor has lived here longer than I have. But every.damn.day they have to bark at her as she pulls in her driveway. Hello? It's the same person you've barked at every day for 6 years Viva, you don't need to bark at her again today!
How old is Harriet?

she'll be 7 this April.
Lady's will be two in February and her protective instinct really didn't kick in until about the last 4 months. ... dog. There was a time right after we got her that I never thought she'd get the hang of it.

harriet has never really shown any interest in being a watch dog, except for whining and boinging to inform me that there are critters outside. humans, she's just not terribly concerned with. sometimes she'll get excited when someone she really likes drops by, but other than that, she's completely useless.
she will sometimes give a warning bark when we're at my mom's house and someone knocks at the door (most people just walk right in, without knocking, and those people she doesn't bark at). but, at home, i get bupkis.

shelly
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i know i've complained about barky, noisy dogs before, but this is ridiculous. one alarm bark especially when people are coming into the house! is all i'm asking for. surely that's not unreasonable?

After close to 2 years of dog daycare, Friday still alarm barks when a car stops in front of his house.
I'll trade you.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
After close to 2 years of dog daycare,

wow! has it been that long?
Friday still alarm barks when a car stops in front of his house. I'll trade you.

that could be tempting. how is he with the tail-coffee table issue?

shelly
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