(Or… Someone Got the What for!)
Jacques likes to share his thoughts with the various creatures around our house. He usually shares his thoughts incessantly at the top of his lungs. He likes to give bunnies, leaves, wind, thunder, coyotes, raccoons, anyone or anything in the general area the what for when he’s outside. I let him do this for a few minutes, but because I don’t want our neighbors to hate us (and because it drives me crazy), I don’t let him do it for long. It never fails – as he trots towards the house to come inside, he looks over his shoulder and barks a few more times. He has to have the last word. Has to. I would say I don’t have the heart to tell him that the coyotes don’t care, but I do tell him. I tell him all the time. Apparently he disagrees with my take on the situation. Anyway…
One day he had been outside for a while and was uncharacteristically quiet, so I went to check on him. I found him staring up at the power pole our yard. He was very focused. It took me a minute, but I finally saw what he was staring at – a squirrel.
I stood and watched as the squirrel crept down the pole and onto the tree, closer and closer to Jacques. To my amazement, Jacques sat very still and didn’t make a sound. The squirrel came to within about five feet of Jacques before reconsidering his actions and running up the tree and back onto the power pole.
It wasn’t until the squirrel decided to start crossing the power line that runs above our yard that Jacques started going crazy. I watched for the next few minutes as the squirrel ran across the line with Jacques following below. As Jacques ran and barked, I could hear the squirrel yelling back at Jacques! It was the funniest thing – the squirrel would run, stop, yell at Jacques then start running again. The squirrel finally made it into the neighbor’s yard and came back to give Jacques a piece of his mind. It is the first time I have ever seen someone else give Jacques the what for and/or get to have the last word with Jacques around. It made me wonder if Jacques had finally met his match!
Listen closely and you can hear the squirrel telling Jacques off! (I apologize for the camera angle – it initially happened so fast I just started recording without thinking about it.)