My daughter and her husband had to take a quick trip to Oklahoma (State Motto: “We eat steak three times a day.”) This meant we had to immediately implement our version of the “Pony Express.” In our case, the “Doggy Express.” Milo the Dog lives in Portland. I live 100 miles south in The People’s Republic of Eugene. The Doggy-Express works like this: My son-in-law drives Milo halfway down, and I drive halfway up. We meet in Salem. It’s just like divorced parents exchanging their spoiled pride and joy. The only real difference is that in our case, the spoiled kid has a leash around his neck. That, and we have him run around the parking lot peeing on everything. On second thought, I guess that could apply to either situation.
After another smooth exchange everything seems fine. I drive Milo back to my place in Eugene. I take him on late night walk and think everything is fine for the night. The problem begins at 3:30 a.m.
I wake up in the middle of the night and realize Milo is outside my bedroom door whining like a fire detector. I ride it out for a few minutes, but finally crawl out of bed.
Now, it is important here to set the stage. My wife was away for the weekend, but before leaving, she reminded me of her long-standing directive that Milo was not allowed in our bedroom, and under absolutely NO circumstances, was he allowed on our bed. So, I open the door and tell him to jump on the bed. In my defense, I’m like the exhausted parent who will do anything to make the baby stop crying. It’s Marshall Law, peace time rules simply do not apply.
Milo dutifully hops up. I retreat back to bed, and immediately begin willing myself back to sleep. But an unsettling feeling washes over me. I feel a presence. When I peek my eyes open, a large dark figure is sitting bolt upright staring at me. Unsettling, to say the least.
Concerned Milo needs to go to the bathroom, I once again drag myself out of bed, get dressed, and take him for a walk. IT IS 3:30 IN THE MORING! No signs of life are visible. The world hangs in dark immoveable silence as Milo contentedly trots down the sidewalk. It is immediately clear he does not need to relieve himself.
The trip ends with a whimper, not a bang. Milo contentedly walks back to his bed in the living room, and I go back to salvage what is left of the night.
I am telling you this story for two reasons. First, NEVER GET A DOG. Second, I need a referral. If you can take a moment to shoot me a message, I am looking for an experienced canine psychiatrist. One who specializes in EXTREMELY spoiled dogs.