Wednesday, 1 August 2018
A Dog's Tale
Let me explain.
During the course of a day he wants to get out in the back garden at least a million times. He likes the back garden. He sniffs the flowers, looks up at the trees, runs around or lazes in the sun, does his business, that sort of thing. Nothing wrong with that. The problem is that he wants out and in and out again over and over again every time he feels like it. It's as if he is the master and we his servants opening the door for him whenever he feels like it.
We gave him his set of keys to the door but, despite several attempts to teach him he still does not open the door for himself. As I said, maybe he is stupid.
Or very clever ...
Because at great expense we have installed a new sliding door with a sensor device which opens the door automatically as soon as you approach it. Like you see in shops sometimes. After several lessons we taught him to go out and in as he pleases. And this has worked perfectly in the day time; but at night, of course, the door is locked.
So we have taught the dog the combination secret PIN number which he has to push with his nose on the panel on the wall next to the door. If he pushes the right number, the door magically opens.
What could be easier than that? All he needs to do is push 098802 and the door opens.
He just cannot learn a simple six digits number. He still wants us to get up and open the door for him at night.
How stupid is that?
(Thinks) I can't believe I have just given you the number for you to open our door. Now I have to put up with all of you visiting me whenever you wish totally un-announced. Something which I do not relish at all.
You're welcome to visit, of course, but give me some notice to buy some coffee and biscuits first. Or scones and crumpets if you wish. Don't come un-announced expecting a hot drink at the ready. I may be out walking the dog. In fact, if you were to come and visit me I'd definitely be out walking the dog. Cheaper than having to buy coffee and biscuits, don't you know!
In the meantime, has anyone solved the problem of dogs wanting to go out in the garden as they wish? Don't suggest a cat flap in the door. I do not want to encourage the mother-in-law to come in when she wants. It's bad enough her crashing her broom stick against the window as she lands. I don't want to have her wedged tightly in the cat flap aperture as well.