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The barking dog woke me up again

The dog was barking again

This morning I was woken up by a dog barking. It was 6:15 a.m. Normally I am awake at 5:00 a.m., or 4:58 a.m. I don’t use an alarm clock, my body just wakes up on its own. I want to write at 5:00, so my brain wakes me up a few minutes before.  I have a head cold and my back hurts, so my brain was still sleeping at 6:15 a.m.

I hate to be woken by a barking dog.

I was not happy when I heard the dog barking. The dog didn’t just say, ” Bark!” as in, “Hey, remember me? Let me back in.”  The dog said, “Bark, bark,  bark,  bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, bark …”

The dog was saying, “Hey, what is that over there. My feet are cold. There is a light on over there. I am scared. What was that? I smell something funny. I don’t know where to poop. Oh dear, I am really scared. Hey, is that a deer. It is a deer. Hey deer, go away. I smell a mouse. Is that a mouse. Oh, now I have to pee. Where should I pee. It is really dark out here. I am hungry…”

The barking was constant as I got out of bed and went in my closet to find my brown 100% cotton terry cloth house coat that I bought last year at Restoration Hardware for 50% off after Christmas. The dog continued to bark as I walked down the stairs to the basement. The dog kept barking as I  put on my size 9.5 black woman’s Columbia  winter boots that were made in China. It continued to bark as I opened my back door, walked across my yard, and up the staircase of my neighbors deck. It continued to bark as I knocked on her back door. The dog did not take a breath of air since it woke me up.

My neighbor in her white house coat opened her back door.

I said to her,”Your dog, woke me up. Please get him to stop barking.”

“I was just going to bring him back in.”

“Please go out with him next time.  Don’t let him bark so early in the morning.”

“Dogs bark.”

“I am tired of him barking. I am angry. Please stop him from barking.”  I said as I turned and walked away.

She brought the dog back in. Then I walked home and sat at my typewriter and wrote a story. Then I wrote ny neighbor an email apologizing for my anger.

Dear  Margaret, [ Her name had been changed to protect the privacy of my neighbor]

Please forgive me for being so angry when I asked you to get your dog to stop barking.

I will pray for your dog to get over his anxiety.

I still love you and want to be a good neighbor.


Yes, dogs bark.  And, neighbors write.

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  • Judy C.

    Your dog-speak was too funny (and oh so true). I can only imagine what those dogs are trying to tell us when they bark. We are very fortunate that Max usually only barks when he thinks a car is pulling into the drive or when one of us is at home and the other enters the house – protection. Thanks for making me smile. I hope you get a good’s nights rest and won’t be awaken by a barking dog.

    • pamelahodges

      Hello Judy. Max sounds like a smart dog. Thankfully he barks to protect. I also hope the dog won’t bark tomorrow morning. If the dog barks I will stay home and keep my mouth shut. I won’t be knocking on my neighbors door again. Once is more than enough.

  • Lovely Rant!
    I am the one with the barking dog.
    I go out with her and the neighbors complain because of my yelling at the barking dog.
    I need a dog quiet zone too! lmc

    • pamelahodges

      La, you are too funny. Do you yell at your dog in German. Edelweiss told my cat Pooh you taught her to sit and stay in German. If you are yelling in English, maybe she doesn’t understand?

  • Love the description in your writing, including the onomatopoeia!

    Great letter too. Hope things get better for all soon.

  • Loved your description, and also felt a little guilty. Chloe has sometimes done that bark–of course, she starts as soon as I get into the shower. I try to hurry as fast as I can, but I would hate it if that woke me up! Here’s to good neighbors

    • pamelahodges

      Oh no, the old Dog Barking While I am in the Shower Trick. I think the dogs know what we are doing. Yes, a toast to good neighbors. My dog barks to be let back in as well. She barks once, “Bark.”

  • Your story kept me going – all the way to the end! I loved both the image of those big black boots over the pink pajamas and the image of you writing a thank you note to your neighbor over coffee! THanks for sharing/

    • pamelahodges

      You are very welcome Anita. The pajama pants were a present for Christmas.

  • Sue

    That dog was barking for too long! Maybe the neighbor fell asleep after she let him out . . . and he had to wake her!

    You are such a good neighbor. I would have been apologizing to you, if you had to come out in the cold and walk all the way to my house to tell me my dog was bothering you. Your anger was not inappropriate, and it sounds to me like your words to her weren’t, either.

    {{{Pamela}}} cyber hugs to you!

    • pamelahodges

      She was in her kitchen making coffee. I think the dog was scared of the dark, or he couldn’t find a good place to go the bathroom. Thank you for your cyber hug. Now to go and let our my dog.

  • nanc

    Okay, I’m not sure I should have read an article about someone who buys boots made in China ! But the picture was awesome and the flow kept me moving forward, so, why not? I especially loved the ‘talk’ with your neighbor and then the apology letter. XO Thanks for brightening my morning.

    • pamelahodges

      Hello Nancy. I truly had no idea the boots were made in China until I wrote the story this morning. I will have to look for boots made in the United States. I am happy my morning adventure brightened your morning.

  • Love this. It’s a complete story in just a few words. I love that you will pray for your neighboir’s dog, although I hope it’s not for his early demise! Good Tuesday to you!

    • pamelahodges

      Good Tuesday to you as well. I am truly praying the dog stops barking, not for him to wander off. Is it a chilly winter morning in Saskatchewan?

  • Your writing is so descriptive. I loved how you included the color of your housecoat and hers.

    • pamelahodges

      Good Morning Jessica. Thank you for your comment. What color is your housecoat?