With Miss Bailey, our black lab, transferred to the Rainbow Bridge, our lives became less active—initially. With her eighty-five pound frame, Bailey’s role as protector of our home developed naturally. After Barkleah came to live with us, Bailey taught her everything she knew about home security. She and Barkleah made the perfect duo.
Barkleah, an eleven pound Toy Fox Terrier, protected his home. He listened for intruders with his tall–bat ears. Performing periscope-like precision, his head pivoted toward unwelcome sounds. He barked the alert. His ability to catch the UPS man slip away without ringing the bell was perfected. Then Bailey marched to the front door and joined in the barking announcement. “Don’t try to come in here.”
Now Barkleah has assumed both roles. He is quick to announce the uninvited guests. He races to the front door in record time. But to my surprise, he progressed to attack dog.
Last week, the UPS driver stealthily placed a package by our front door. Barkleah raced to give him the warning bark. As the UPS truck pulled away, I opened the front door to pick up the package. Barkleah uncharacteristically continued barking and pushed past me. Charging out the door, he raced across the yard and ran to the street. Fortunately, he stood on the curb and informed the deliveryman not to try coming up on his porch again.
With this new behavior, I now scoop Barkleah up in my arms before opening any outside door. He almost got promoted to Bailey’s assistant at the bridge. He is needed here. He takes me on walks twice daily, he warms me as I snuggle with him in the bed, and he keeps me smiling with his antics.
Stay tuned for more stories about Barkleah, Carlos the Maine Coon cat, and Gracie the African Gray parrot. What kind of pet do you have? Are your pets as silly as mine?