Barking Lessons for the Dog

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One Saturday Dad came to pick us up. We were excited because Mom just brought home a new pup to join our family, and we wanted to share the joy with him.

Perhaps it was that dad missed having a dog or maybe he was feeling guilty about the divorce, or maybe he just thought it would keep us amused for the day, but somehow we got him to agree to take Sharnie along with us for the day.

Now Sharnie was a puppy but not at the beginning stages. She was more than half a year old, almost full size about 40 pounds, all limbs and not filled in. So now Dad had two fighting young girls and a dog in the car, and he decided that he would take us on errands.

Dad headed for Sears in the quest for some sort of car accessory. I guess he thought that we would leave Sharnie in the car while we went into the store, but my sister and I did not like that idea so out comes the leashed dog with us heading for the front door of the store.

Just as we entered the store, of course we were stopped by a store worker; “No dogs allowed in the store unless they are carried.” Dad was determined to get his shopping accomplished so he picked up the huge pup to balance in his arms as he waddled through the store with two fighting girls following him.

After weaving through the store Dad found his prized item. As he balanced the dog like a juggler on stage, Dad managed to get his wallet out of his pocket and made his purchase.

He was now exhausted and quickly left the store. He plopped Sharnie down, and we paused at a bench for Dad to recoup before walking to the car.  Trying to  figure out the rest of the afternoon, Dad noticed how Sharnie never barked.

All of a sudden Dad decided that perhaps Sharnie never learned how to bark, and he took it upon himself to teach her. Now we were sitting on a bench by the parking lot with a father who was barking at a dog. All of a sudden, Sharnie took the cue and started barking back.

I think it was at this point that Dad decided we would end the day a bit early and he would bring us all home.  Sharnie kept barking on the ride back. Happily, Dad handed us all back to a perplexed Mom and drove away.

Mom was not pleased, for now she had to contend with us home early as well as a dog who found her bark. As I look back on this hysterical adventure of a day, I see how diabolical Dad was. After years of being married to my mother who tormented him by bringing around stray dogs on a regular basis, he had turned the tables on her, using her very own dog.

From that day on, Sharnie never stopped barking.  Moreover, it seemed that whenever Dad subsequently picked us up and heard Sharnie barking, a sinister smile would come across his face.

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

About Carol Ruth Weber

Carol Ruth Weber has a single mission of dancing people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! After attaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer. She then used her skills and knowledge to segue deeper within the world of creativity as an Interior Designer, Artist and Writer. Carol understands the anxieties of having to get the show ready for opening night and has honed her organizational talents, business knowledge and her view of laughter-as-the-best-medicine into services to assist others. Carol has worked as a contributing author for various venues including Examiner.com, CBS Local, and Care.com. She can be viewed starring in several eHow video series: Ideas for Home Decorating, Interior Decorating, Back to School: Dorm Life as well as the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate video series: Interior Decorating. Carol can be contacted at weberlifedesign.com

  • Sica Ramirez

    Nice trick! A barking dog.

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