It was awesome to see them, three dogs at the firepit--except one of the three was our neighbor's dog, Sammy. Sammy's daddy was away so he didn't know Sammy had gone on a little excursion with his best buddies across the street. I think the muddy coat will kinda give him away, but he has a little time to clean up first.
I'd like to think that the soreness and sadness will teach them a lesson, but I know better. These dogs, given a chance, would roam the many hundreds of acres that comprise the hills we live in again tomorrow, and would return only for food and perhaps a game of don't catch. Don't catch, btw, is where we throw an object and they all run to get it, one picks it up, drops it again, and they all run back to us. Throw is fairly loosely interpreted, so recently when I dropped a can of tonic water, Brian grabbed it and carried it off, and when I asked him to come to me, he dropped it and came very obediently. I told him to go get it, and he did, and picked it up, and I asked him to come, and of course, once again, he dropped it and came over. Don't catch. A way for humans to get as much exercise as the dogs.
Anyway, earlier in the evening we heard some rifle shots. This happens around here. People sight in their rifles for hunting and such, and sometimes even practice. It's just the timing and location of the shots that leave me even more worried about Brian.
He'll turn up, and he'll be wet, and he'll feel sad and worried because maybe mom and dad will be mad and not love him anymore. Brian, wherever you are, as long as you come home, mommy will be happy. Honest. But, you might get a bath. You have to admit, it's a fair price to pay. And don't forget, after every bath, there's always the head/towel game. Sweet!