Greetings and salutations!
Boy, is it HOT!
For that reason, my human likes to take me for a walk bright and early because it’s just not do-able once the temperature rises. It’s been in the 90s all week, and humid. Gross. The heat makes me smell funny, or so I’ve been told.
A few weeks ago, my human replenished my toy supply because several of my toys disappeared. Go figure. Well, guess who found the old ones under the couch several days ago? Me! Score! Toys for everyone!
I haven’t had the biggest appetite this week, but I’m not sick. Maybe it’s the heat? I’m not sure. But I’ve developed this weird habit of grabbing several morsels of food, carrying them into the dining room, and eating them one by one. That way I can keep an eye on my human and make sure she doesn’t sneak out without me.
Get this. Last weekend, we overheard someone up the street yelling at their dogs (small, yippy dogs who annoy everyone, to be fair) to be quiet. Apparently, someone called the police regarding their barking. (Believe it or not, it wasn’t me. No opposable thumbs, folks!) Rut roh. Since I tend to bark at anyone and everyone who comes within a 100-foot range of my yard, my human freaked out a little. The obvious next step?
A dog training collar.
Ugh. So now I have three collars on (what the hell is that about?) and if I bark at someone, this new collar vibrates. How annoying! However, it works. As soon as it vibrates against my neck, it surprises me and I get a little confused. But I do stop barking.
It doesn’t automatically vibrate, of course. It works via remote that my human carries around. It looks like a walkie talkie but instead it has buttons that trigger the collar. Annoying! It also makes my human look like a real geek. So I’ve got that going for me.
(Kristin: The Anti Bark Collar (that’s an affiliate link, folks! if you’d prefer not to use it, just go to Amazon and search for the Esky Dog Training Collar) has four modes; light, sound, vibration, and shock. I tried the light with zero results, and tried the sound, which wasn’t effective. The vibration is perfect. It’s annoying and startling without being harsh or frightening. I have no intention of using the shock mode, so no need to holler at me for being cruel and abusive. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence but Frankie has also stopped jumping up on people since she started wearing the training collar.)
Tune in next week to see if the Torture Collar cures me of my annoying barking. (Kristin: For the record, Frankie does not bark that much. However, she does bark when someone is in front of the house, when there’s a delivery, or when someone walks by while she’s in the yard. Sure, that seems like a lot, but it only works out to be a few times a day. Still…it’s annoying, and something we’d like to correct.)
Did you miss last week? You can check it out here.