Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Dudley has been part of the family for a little over a year now.  He's brought a lot of joy into our lives, but he's still a little rowdy inside the house.  He loves to play fetch with a small dog basketball.  After one of the kids throws it, he leaps over the ottoman and couches to chase the ball into another room.

When we first got Dudley, he was quiet and didn't bark.....ever.  He ignored animals of all types and loved to sit on anyone's lap.  Strangers were welcomed like one of the family.  One morning, Allie came racing into the house very excited because Dudley had barked at a bird.  (He didn't mind the cat in the bushes.)  Gradually, he became more protective of our property.  He still loves people, but he will bark and act intimidating when people arrive at our door.  As soon as the person walks inside, Dudley lays on his back waiting for a good belly rub.

This afternoon, Mike had Dudley out in the backyard.  Dudley was chasing birds quietly and playing with the girls.  After the girls came back inside to finish school, we heard Dudley barking loudly.  I couldn't figure out what was upsetting him.  Mike walked over and talked to him and removed the toad that was 4' from where Dudley was chained.  Dudley doesn't like toads or squirrels.  It seems bizarre to me that cats are no problem in our yard.  But birds, squirrels and now toads are a problem.  I wonder what he's going to do when he sees his first snake?

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