We pups have duties we take very seriously. My extremely serious duty is window duty. From my window seat perch I can watch all the goings on in my domain.
I can see the coyote that likes to hide in the brush at the edge of the pasture fence. I imagine he's waiting for an unsuspecting rabbit to hop just a little too close to his hiding spot. I can see the bunnies that like to look for new shoots of grass to snack on throughout the yard. During the early summer I can spot the proud mother deer showing off their new little fawns. The wild turkeys mainly show up in the spring and fall.
I regularly report all that I see to my pawrents, and all the other dogs in the community from my advantageous lookout. (We pups have our own version of Community Watch). A coyote sighting is a Red Alert. Red Alerts are proceeded by a snort and something close to a howl. After the howl we continue with our very sharp and loud barks. Every dog within barking distance takes up the cry to warn other dogs farther away that a coyote is in the area. This is a fun group activity that every dog enjoys pawticipating in.
I can be lying in the backyard with Tabby Cat and my Mom and tell from my fellow Community Watch members what's going on in our area. We dogs are social creatures and there's barks for almost everything. I can tell when pups family's arrive home, when it's dinner time, as well as when there's a trespasser in their yard.
Granted traveling through the Internet tunnels is fun. It allows you travel to exotic places and visit dear furiends, but our rural Community Watch has its own quaint appeal. There's a lot to be said for barking with your extended neighborhood pack before bed time. Ask the hoomans that come outside to join in the fun.
I'm sorry furiends but I'm going to have to cut this one short. I see a bird trying to land on my families deck rail. Now I can't have that, I know you pups understand what I mean.
Love, Molly (on Window Duty) and her Mom