Snickers has always been one of those dogs that will bark whenever he hears a noise or in particular people – it has gotten worse. One of our neighbours is landscaping their backyard so, there are tradesmen working all day making noise which makes Snickers bark. When no one is home, you can’t yell at him to tell him to stop so I’m sure it drives the neighbours crazy. The other week I was home on a day I wouldn’t normally be and I could hear him barking from my bedroom so I went outside and yelled “Snickers come here”. He walks over slowly with his ears and tail down because he knows his in trouble but as soon as I walk away his back barking at the fence again.
After about the fifth attempt of going back outside and yelling at him I ran out of patience! My throat was too sore to keep yelling at him so I grabbed the hose and turned it on so only a little bit of water was coming out of it. It was just enough to start flicking water at him. It made him stop for a bit and then he started barking again but this time I lost it! I grabbed the hose and started chasing him around the backyard trying to wet him with the hose.
It would have made a great funniest home video clip. I would’ve been the one everyone would be laughing at – the idiot running with the hose!
On Sunday my friend was making cupcakes for the RSPCA, I on the other hand was having lots of fun washing my clothes. I put my clean clothes from the washing machine into the washing basket and went to the verandah to hang them up as it was too wet to hang them on the outside lines. Snickers came out of his house excited to see me. I gave him a hug, rubbed his belly and filled up his water bowl. I picked up my first item of clothing from the basket and hung it up. I turned around to see Snickers urinating on my washing basket with my clean clothes in it.
I really wished he understood what I was saying when I screamed “You’re lucky I’m not sending you to the RSPCA”. He might be better behaved in future.