We have experienced an interesting couple of weeks around our house. First, our furnace stopped behaving properly. We messed with it for awhile before calling for professional help. They showed up and checked things out. Then they gave us the bad news. We discussed it and thought about it and finally placed an order for a new heating and cooling system.
The installers arrived about 8 a.m. the following Monday. The weather wasn’t too bad. There was no rain, but it was a bit cold. The electricity was quickly turned off to the furnace. The installers were in and out of the house several times while making the changes.
We had introduced the installers to Simon the dog and Harry the cat when they first arrived. We explained that it was okay for the animals to go outside or come inside anytime. We knew that it was going to take several hours to get the new furnace installed and running. After a few hours, Simon suddenly remembered that he was a couple of naps behind.
Simon enjoys napping on the couch in our sunroom. He even has his own blanket. We have never had a dog that likes to sleep under a blanket. The first time Simon napped under a blanket; I hunted all through the house for him. Now, to us, it is very normal.
Simon had been napping for about an hour when the installers finished, and we had a new working furnace. We all got together in the sunroom to finish the paperwork and get instructions.
When everything was completed and the two installers were about ready to leave, I told them that Simon had been a bit upset that the house had been so cold during their installation time. I stepped over to the couch and told them he was asleep under his blanket.
They just smiled and I’m sure they thought I was just messing with them. I reached down and wiggled the blanket a bit and then stepped back away from it. Simon didn’t move for a few seconds.
Suddenly, Simon started working his way out from under his blanket. Both guys stepped back a few feet. They both made a loud vocal noise. Once they figured out that it was really Simon and he had been napping, we all laughed. They had never met an “Undercover Dog”.
Last Saturday evening, I was watching the National Dog Show on television. Simon was sleeping on my lap. Our television in our sunroom is positioned next to the door to the outside. Simon normally doesn’t pay any attention to television.
During one of the commercials, a dog in the commercial loudly barked. Simon’s head popped up and he looked at the door. He jumped down and went to the door. He saw nothing. He jumped up on his couch.
Suddenly, he saw some dogs on the television. He barked at those dogs. Then another dog appeared. More Simon barking. He was running from the couch to the door and back. Barking at those dogs that were intruding into his home territory. His tail was always wagging, and he was very excited. A commercial would come on and he would lay down on his couch or on my lap. Once the commercial ended, he was right back on duty.
Harry the cat went to the other end of the house.
We didn’t watch the entire show. Simon was wiped out. I’m sure he slept well and probably had several dreams.
Shonk is a 1960 graduate of Southport High School, a ’63 grad of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and a retired bus driver from Beech Grove Schools. He can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.