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The Dogs Of Walton Street

Monday, July 09, 2012


So, I'm just innocently walking down my neighborhood road, and from the beginning of Walton st. a start hearing a dog bark. And then another, and then another....just a wave of doggy barking starting from the corner of the street down. It's like 8 in the morning and I wonder if the people of those houses are even up yet, and getting totally annoyed by all the barking. So I start wondering if my keys jingling are setting the doggies off. You know how when someone comes home or something, and the dogs get all excited about seeing their beloved human? Or maybe the doggies think they are going bye-bye. I don't know. So I start grabbing, and holding the keys so they don't jingle so much. It's a little tricky because I had them connected to my steel water bottle, and I don't have a pocket or a belt loop to hook them on. So I go on holding the keys kinda tight with all the little jagged and pointy parts in my hand. I get to the end of the street, a court. So I turn around and walk back, still holding the keys. I feel like I'm sneaking down the doggie street, when a little white fluffy guy on a leash starts up again with the owner 'hushing' away. Well, that did it and the wave of doggie barking starts up all over again, from little yelps and whines, to big scary 'wooooofs'. I gave up. I thought 'Well who am I to feel responsible for someone else's dogs barking? It's not my deal.'
So in my journey of life I am starting to let go of things that are just not my responsibility. Things I don't have to fix just because I am worried about someone else's feelings. I just realized 'Hey, if they have a dog that's their choice. (And it's 8. It's not that early in the morning anyways).' The only thing I need to worry about is the ones that make me jump when they start woofing it up when I'm right next to the fence. Yikes! Not only that, I met this wiggly chubby docile sweet, brown eyed doggie I wished I could pet, but he was not only behind a chain link fence, his nozzle was caked in dry mud like he had been rolling in it. I hope it was mud. I think I might sneak him or her a little treat....but that might be going too far.
I think every last house on Walton St. has a dog!
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    Dogs, lol! I hear them all the time and usually smile to myself and think: Good Dog - doing it's job, guarding it's property and people... unless I'm grumpy and irritable and I don't have my headphones in - then I'm jumpy and meh... Today I had a long haired Golden Retriever running full force at the fence to me, barking all the way and I couldn't help but grin and say "You're TOO FLUFFY to take seriously!!" lol!
    2136 days ago
    Good on you for taking this experience and learning from it. It's a good lesson to remember, that there are things you can control, things you can't control and then knowing the differences. What a wicked street that is with all the dogs. They need someone to come in and teach them how to train their dogs. I think it's sweet that you want to give a treat to the one dog that seems sad. That would be so nice of you and I'm sure, very appreciated.
    2143 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/11/2012 2:38:44 PM
    Great not feel responsible for things that aren't your responsibility. Although we all want to 'make things good', sometimes we just have to realize there's nothing we can do to change 'what is'. I am one of those people with a dog...& yup, sometimes mine barks...sometimes at things I think are in her imagination...until what she could hear in the distance is suddenly visible to me. Her hearing is so much better than mine.

    Have a great day & enjoy your walks.
    2145 days ago
    I am the only non-dog-owner in my area. I believe nothing is required to set them off!! Sometimes I'm sitting on my dark patio in the evening, enjoying the silence, when a chirping cricket or a passing moth starts one to barking, then another, then can hear the wave of sound going across the area.

    It reminds me of the scene in the old "1001 Dalmations" movie, when the dogs had a telegraph service!

    Sometimes I enjoy going outside and working in my yard at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday!! The snipping of the pruners or scratching of the hoe is all it takes to get the chorus going! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2145 days ago
    Good for you- it can be fun to let go! Glad the dogs were not chasing you! emoticon
    2145 days ago
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