Our dog, Pickle, is a dog with attitude. She is an Australian Shepherd/ Cattle Dog mix and she has a lot more cattle dog personality than shepherd. Combine that with her abused puppyhood and her intense dominance issues and we have ourselves a bit of an angry dog sometimes. Don’t get me wrong- she is insanely adorable and sweet as pie 90% of the time…it’s just that 10% that you have to watch out for! Fortunately, after 6 years of our sweet Pickle, we have learned most of her triggers.
Trigger #1: the delivery man. Pickle HATES the delivery man. Fed Ex, UPS, she doesn’t care. Her barking begins long before the truck is anywhere in sight (seriously- it’s crazy…she starts barking like mad 10 minutes before you see or hear anything resembling the delivery truck!) and she is 26 pounds of snarling rage by the time the delivery man approaches the door. I generally have to execute this ridiculous slide maneuver to get out of the front door without her escaping, or biting me, or cracking her skull open as she lunges at the door. We seriously need Cesar Millan!!
While Pickle’s other triggers include dogs her size or larger (small ones scare her silly…puppies? Forget it! She’s hiding behind Justin & shaking in her boots!), riding through our neighborhood in a car (only in our neighborhood though, she’s fine everywhere else), and a bizarre obsession with watching cats (watching, not chasing- she sits stock still for extended periods of time staring at them), this post isn’t really about Pickle…I just wanted the opportunity to talk about my baby and have really long run on sentences in my post!
This post is really about closure. The kind of closure that can only come when you’ve executed a slide maneuver past an enraged canine to meet a beautiful man dressed head-to-toe in brown who hands you a perfectly flat 12.5 x 15″ envelope. The kind you have to sign for. Twice. The kind the comes when you gingerly open the envelope and find that it contains just a simple piece of paper. That you paid $100k for.
That’s right, ladies and gents- my law degree arrived today!!