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Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
If I should fall behind, Guyster, wait for me.
Who let the dogs out?
I really need to learn how to say “Have you seen a black dog?” in Spanish.

For the second time in a month, someone opened my front gate and let my dogs out onto the street. For kicks. I’d taken to padlocking the damned thing at night, but on Monday night, I forgot.

I saw the gate ajar from upstairs while I dressed for work yesterday. I’d only pulled on my boxer briefs and a pair of thin navy dress socks when I ran down the stairs three at a time and raced through the neighborhood screaming “Eddie! Stephen!”

Maybe it was the outfit that attracted so many stares, although once I went back home and gussied up in my suit, I felt even more out of place. Where I live, I think the underwear and socks combo is more common streetwear than a suit.

I found Eddie right away. His tail shot up and he was all smiles while I wagged my finger at him. I picked him up, cradled him home, all the way cooing “Bad doggie,” in his over-sized pointy ear.

Then I went on the hunt for Stephen. He’s not the brightest guy in the world, a four-legged Jeff Gillooly. After over a year, it’s still a new experience for him when he arrives at our gate.

First I ran around the sidewalks then drove hollering out his name from the open windows while Eddie kept good watch from the back. This went on for three hours. I made some new friends with the neighbors along the way, even if we didn't speak the same language.

I gave up, drove to my office, my lip on the verge of quivering. About an hour later, one of my neighbors called to say she had Stephen in her front yard. Her name was Maria, a stout woman with a kind smile and a limited grasp of English.

I dashed back home, saw him roped around her fencepost, and I scrambled out of the car. I thought I pressed the Up switch to unlock the back, but as soon as I slammed the door, I realized I locked the car while it was running, the keys safely in the ignition.

I called AAA and waited.

I asked Maria what she liked. Flowers? Candy?

“No, no, no. I like seeing the look on your face when you see him.” She gestured to Stephen. I wanted to hug her, which seemed wholly inappropriate with her teenaged son standing nearby.

I’ll get her some flowers this weekend. Thank you, Maria, for putting Stephen’s gangly legs and stupid smile safely in my sights.

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mattycub From: mattycub Date: February 21st, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad that you got Stephen back. Thank God for people like Maria. But someone in your neighborhood needs a beat down.
ldifazzio From: ldifazzio Date: February 21st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vees una pero negra?

well at least thats what my high school spanish memory tells me. Glad to hear you are all united again
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uncle_james From: uncle_james Date: February 23rd, 2007 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
And freetranslation.com agrees!
creactivity From: creactivity Date: February 21st, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh man. Heartstopping.

And lucky Maria to get to see that look on your face.
journeyto From: journeyto Date: February 21st, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heart attack reading this. Pure heart attack.

I'm so glad they're both back. Phew!
shawnsyms From: shawnsyms Date: February 21st, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw... Yay!
gnumoose From: gnumoose Date: February 21st, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
so very happy that they got back safe and relatively sound.
ahedonia From: ahedonia Date: February 21st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay Maria! :D Maria is obviously made of awesome. And pets--aren't they the best thing ever and a heart attack and a half, both at the same time?

I lost track of a dog once, and when I was out looking and ran into Spanish speakers I said "Estoy buscando un perro negro" -- "I'm looking for a black dog." Most people inferred that, by my mentioning that to them, I wanted to know if they'd seen him.

I'll also ask my Mexican bosses, though. :) And then hopefully you won't have to ever use whatever phrase they give me.
mengus From: mengus Date: February 21st, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok, your icon is so clever that I had to comment. Tom Tom Club, hoo-rah.
ahedonia From: ahedonia Date: February 22nd, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
:) Why thank you! It certainly sums up dogs, doesn't it?
ahedonia From: ahedonia Date: February 22nd, 2007 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I also have this version, and if you ever watch Mythbusters you'll know it's accurate.
mengus From: mengus Date: February 21st, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

It has a happy ending.

But, I was hoping for pix plz.
littlezen From: littlezen Date: February 21st, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Second the pix pls.
gotu From: gotu Date: February 22nd, 2007 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Linny spends what time she isn't looking for something to chew trying to escape out of the front door. She scared Doug to death when she got out the other day and ran straight into the street (though ours isn't a very busy street).

I think should I wander the streets of my neighborhood in boxer shorts and socks, it might cause quite a stir....
From: kelly_green Date: February 23rd, 2007 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
fairy From: fairy Date: February 23rd, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sent you an email and of course got the name of your dog wrong. Names always seem to jumble in my mind.

And now I read that you have two. I'm so out of the LJ loop and a horrible friend. I need to catch up on everything Ive missed.

I'm so happy Stephen is back. Give him and Eddie lots of hugs and pets from me :)
tedwords From: tedwords Date: February 27th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm still thinking about you running around the neighborhod in your boxer briefs and a pair of thin navy dress socks...
From: danman1969 Date: March 22nd, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Terry... glad you were able to find Eddie AND Stephen!

Looking forward to hearing more about you, these pups, and the (no longer so) "new" house!
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