Ok, so I know it is new to some of you, so I’ll reiterate…..I am completely obsessed with my dog, Oliver!
He is a Basset Hound/Bichon Frise HYBRID and his daily antics often leave me somewhere in between debilitating fits of frustration and hysterical laughter. Not to discount Mr. O’s intelligence, but the guy often commits acts of curiosity that could befuddle even Captain Obvious, the defender of all things common sense. Only recently have I turned my sheer wonder and amazement with my four-legged canine companion into valuable life lessons. I have begun this practice mostly because I refuse to believe that Mr. O is anything other than genius!
Here is where I would insert a colorful commentary outlining O’s first encounter with a sliding glass door (the antagonistic dual pane barrier) or perhaps his venture into the fine art of detailing IKEA furniture (may the cushion stuffing rest in peace), but today I have something new….. Oliver v. Fly.
Monday, August 10, 2009 – 5:06-5:08pm
Mommy (me) goes out to the back patio to retrieve a fresh pile of laundry from the dryer. In my haste, I decide “eh, why close the screen, I’ll only be a moment” (poor decision making skills example #1). Enter common house fly into apartment. Mommy returns into apartment, sealing in the winged intruder.
Monday, August 10, 2009 – 5:09pm
Oliver spots winged intruder.
Monday, August 10, 2009 – 5:09:21pm
Oliver sits, stays (good boy), and barks incessantly at winged intruder.
Monday, August 10, 2009 – 5:09:43pm
Fly, feeling advantageous, begins buzzing about Oliver’s furry little face (Poor decision making skills example #2). Oliver counters this attack with an act just short of a Cirque Du Soliel performance. Leap, twist, snap muzzle, grunt…repeat, repeat, repeat…..
Monday, August 10, 2009 – 5:12pm
Despite being visually amazed at his performance, after 3 incessant minutes, Mommy intervenes on Oliver’s behalf, mostly due to the audible assault this was no doubt causing the neighbors.
Monday, August 10, 2009 – 5:13pm
Fly meets untimely demise via red 4″ stiletto.
Moral of the story – No matter the effort or intent of our protective display, some enemies are only warded off by recruitment of available resources.