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    Nov042010

    Dogs Barking at Chickens

    I was so excited when I woke up this morning, because for the first time in recent memory I have TWO WHOLE DAYS (today and tomorrow) where I have no meetings, no subbing, and no trips to town on the calendar. I needed to write half a dozen patterns for Melanie today and get caught up on my classwork, so I was looking forward to having a quiet eight-hour block of time in which to get things done. How sad that the prospect of a quiet day at home turns me into a quivering mass of anticipation. 

    As the husband was leaving, he casually mentioned that our neighbor might be bringing over a bunch of her chickens. She has an excess of chickens at her house (they were roosting in the trees) and offered to provide us with some.

    The dogs were inside, because they like to sleep in for a while in the morning. Around 10 a.m., though, they started pawing at the door and barking. I had no idea what they were getting so riled up about. I let them out and they both went into the yard, hackles raised, and began growling. I still couldn't figure out what was going on. Mountain lion? Bear? 

    I walked out by the chicken coop and heard the unmistakeable clucking of chickens. Sure enough, there were about a dozen of them in the coop. Our neighbor must have sneaked over without me knowing and let them loose inside. 

    The dogs would not give up. They kept circling the coop and jumping up on the walls. I finally put them back in the house, then went out and moved the wire for the invisible fence so that it comes in front of the chicken coop. They can get to within about four feet of the coop and then they have to stop, although I lost track of the number of times Lila got shocked by the fence because she refused to believe it was there. Big learning curve, that one. 

    So all day I've been listening to the dogs barking at the chickens. The chickens, for their part, are not helping the situation because they get up on the ledge and look out the windows at the dogs (WHAT WAS THE HUSBAND THINKING WHEN HE PUT WINDOWS IN THE CHICKEN COOP?). This is going to be so much fun. The husband assures me that when he gets home, he will have a talk with the dogs ("Blah blah blah blah Rusty blah blah blah Lila."). 

    It's really hard to concentrate with dogs barking incessantly. I can only hope that the novelty wears off sooner rather than later. 

    And now it's time for some knitting. 

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    Janet, your comment about the husband talking to the dogs made me laugh remembering my Daddy. My three brothers slept upstairs in our farm house, and when they got to rough-housing, my mother would say, "Mark, go speak to those boys." He would open the door to the stairs and say, "Hello, boys." Thanks for a happy memory!

    November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlondiKnits

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