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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Milo Can Tell Time

Our Milo can tell time.

We live on a small street that can get quite busy with traffic during the evenings. Strangers of every shape, size and nationality walk past our front gate and peer past the hedge. Paranoid Petunia designed an open fence that gives passersby a clear view of our patio, car porch and front yard. I had hoped that leaving my front door in plain view of the street would deter thieves from breaking in. Certainly, if they knew that any passerby can see their clandestine dealings from the street, they would bring their clandestine activity somewhere else?

Unfortunately, Milo hates having strangers peek into his domain and stare at him. Many of the regulars who frequent the cluster of eateries down the road will call out to him lovingly, "Miiiiiiloooooh!" That makes Milo quite mad because he thinks it isn't any business of these passersby what his name is. He got so noisy trying to tell these people to bugger off and stop calling his name, that he became a neighbourhood Noise Pollution Factor.

The Family considered the options:
(1) bark collar
(2) throat operation
(3) get rid of him
(4) lock him up where he can't see these passersby

Understandably, we chose Option 4 for there is no other dog in the world like Milo... and we like him just the way he is, even though he is badly trained, very disobedient, eats like 5 pigs.. and a Neighbourhood Noise Pollution Factor. So, lock him up we did. We told him that between 8pm and 11pm each night, he had to stay in the backyard fenced up by tall walls on 4 sides. He seemed to understand, trotting into the backyard every evening and staying there all quiet and sweet-natured.

After a while, we began to forget to let him out... so Milo learnt to be pro-active. Hence, at about 11pm last night, we heard one short yelping bark. It's the sort of plaintive bark Milo speaks when he is asking politely for something. Just one bark. No more. The Daughter said that he does that every night. Just one bark and no more. When she went downstairs, he was sitting politely by the door expecting to be let out into the front yard to roam at will. Then when The Daughter walked to undo the lock at the backyard gate, Milo did his Happy Milo Dance. It's a cute dance he does as he skips happily from one foot to another... and since he has 4 feet, it really is quite a jiggle.

The question is not how he knows to dance, but HOW does he tell it is 11pm?

10 comments:

Malar said...

Milo is really smart dog! May be he guess from the lights in your house....

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

video the jiggle! video the jiggle, please! =D

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Eats like 5 pigs! Hahahaha...

Oh well, Milo is a smart dog - can tell time and can differentiate people from different backgrounds/ race.

:)

My Sinfonia said...

Milo is doing his job! Bark at strangers...Oh he is apparently so much cleverer than we think!

petunialee said...

Malar - Hmmmm... I'll have to observe our lights.

petunialee said...

Fry - Haha! OK... I'll try. The backyard is kinda dark though...

petunialee said...

OKC - Yup! He's a clever 'un.

petunialee said...

Sinfonia - Yeah!

L said...

Smart cookie for the smart cookie? ^_^

petunialee said...

L - Ohhhhh... ONE cookie ain't enough for 5 pigs Milo!