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The Barking Dog
The Barking Dog
Once there was a little dog who could see the future as clearly as she could see a rabbit on the lawn. The little dog would stand in the front yard facing the woods behind her house and bark at the danger she saw coming.
Like most dogs, the little dog thought she was fiercer than she actually was. Even though she was a gentle creature, her fierce demeanor might have discouraged the faint hearted. The barking was the only avenue open to a dumb dog’s. If she could have spoken, she’d have explained more clearly of the danger she saw coming from those very woods. The closer the danger approached, the more the dog barked, and the more she barked, the more annoying she became.
After a week, the neighbors complained. First on one side, and then on the other. They too had dogs, ordinary, normal dogs who only barked at what they could see--good dogs rooted in the present. As the complaints mounted the dog’s owners grew increasingly concerned. Nerves frayed, tempers flared.
The dog could not be outside for even a minute without barking. Inside, the dog would lie by the backdoor, a low growl in its throat. The dog’s owners had no idea that their little pet was being brave and loyal. They were puzzled and upset by the dog’s behavior. Eventually they threw up their hands and surrendered the dog to the animal shelter where it promptly found a new home. With the imminent danger removed, the little dog settled down in its new home.
The family, on the other hand, lost its guardian. The danger arrived on schedule from the woods and, as the dog predicted, did unspeakable things to the family.
“If only they had a dog,” the police inspector said, “it might have turned out differently.”
micheledutcher - What are dogs thinking? Are they truly the 'catchers in the rye' trying to pull people away from falling off the edge? I love the 1st sentence and this theme. Once there was a little dog who coud see the future...I may have to use that only sub a person. Good story!
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