Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hey Brother?

Last Thursday night, the Woman woke up to a dog howling. She tried to ignore it, but the sound seemed to be coming from our car port. She got up to check it out, and when she looked out the window, she saw what appeared to be Brother staring back at her. She knew it couldn't be Brother, because he was in Atlanta, but some Brother look-alike dog had apparently broken his chain and got tied around one of our car's tires. I guess he was chasing something through the car port and got stuck.

The Woman decided to leave him there until morning since it was 4:30am and he didn't seem to be going anywhere, but he kept howling away. So, Ian went out, untangled him and put him in the backyard. His tag said Richard M. (last name left out to protect the innocent), and the Woman recognized this as one of our neighbors. She decided to leave him in the backyard and return him in the morning. I was sleeping through all of this. If it's still dark outside, I don't leave my bed for anything!

When morning came, the Brother look-alike was nowhere to be found! He had apparently climbed out of the fence or jumped over the fence, because he was not in the backyard. The Woman went to the neighbors' house to return his chain, but no one answered the door. She also called, but no one answered the phone either. Later that day, she saw a man in their backyard and went over to tell him what had happened. He explained that the Brother look-alike was sitting on the front porch when they got up that morning. The Woman was happy to hear it.

The Woman was also happy to see the neighbors walking the dog the next couple of days. He is a small outside dog on a really heavy chain, and it saddens the Woman to see him like that. Hopefully they learned their lesson with his escape and will give him more lovin' in the future.


  • At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Elise and I tried to keep Hey Brother in her backyard several times. Each time he would greet us from the stoop by the front door. Occasionally people would come to us with tales about the adventures Brother went on after his escape. I plugged even the smallest creavices around the perimeter. I presume his secret exit will follow him to the grave. I mean, he can't share it with anyone. He doesn't really talk. The whole thing felt a bit like Hogan's Heroes.

  • At 1:31 PM, Blogger Kara said…

    Poor baby! I hate seeing dogs on chains!
    Don't sweat big dog Murphy's attitude. Kritter and Moe were friends with boxers Rocky and Hazel (my in-laws dogs) for about a year when out of the blue one day Rocky decided he'd have Kritter for lunch!
    No injuries, we just can't stay with them when we visit anymore. I think big dogs must feel threatened by the power of the pug.

  • At 4:52 PM, Blogger Goodboy Norman Featherstone said…

    Brother is such a pain in the paw. I can't believe he is smart enough to escape. I suspect Gracie is the one letting him out, hoping he will get run over or something.

  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Sandy said…

    Glad that lookalike went home! I hate to see little dogs live outside. I wish all dogs got to live inside all the time.


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