Loki & Juno holiday annually on the Isle of the Ill-Behaved
This month's masthead celebrates a year's worth of obedience lessons that has resulted in common passerby claiming, "they're such good dogs," or, "they're really obedient" and my favorite, "they're so well-behaved!" If they only knew.
It wasn't too long ago I couldn't take Loki downtown without him whacking out at every person, dog, bike or stroller. It was never a pretty site. I got plenty of looks. Some of pity. Some of annoyance. Some of amusment. And some of approval: other dog owners happy to see someone who had the patience to work with such a lunatic. Though Juno didn't have any of the outward naughty behavior Loki had, she had plenty of naughtiness when one wasn't looking. She's a husky. It's expected. I know better now.
So we celebrate their one year of working obligations and doing their duty just like bi-peds do: with a cold beer, in a remote location where one can be as naughty as desired --and nobody would be the wiser. Sigh. I have to admit, in the grand scheme of things, they aren't all that bad. Most people are impressed with all that these two can do when I ask them to do it. But then again, I see all their goofs and gafs in public. Sure, they don't bark at anyone or jump up on kids or other dogs. But my expectations are set high, even for the husky. I'm evil that way. At least I'm the kind of boss that can give them a day off so they can forget their obligations and kick back with a cold drink on a sunny day.
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