Friday, December 2, 2011

Middle of the Night


Ferocious barking coming from the kitchen. Not your " Oh my gosh, I saw a dog (reflection) in the window! Why won't that other dog play with me?" bark. Not "How dare that squirrel, rabbit, stray cat run across my yard!" kind of bark.  This bark was of the "Danger! Danger Will Robinson!" variety (of course, at 3:22 in the morning, all barks could sound like that).

Chloe never barks in the middle of the night.  Never.

I sit straight up in bed and let the sound register in my head.  I walk to the front window and look out. So does Hubby.  A red truck is backing out of our driveway. A red truck I have never seen before.

"Good girl, Chloe,"  I say.  "This is a good time to bark in the house."

She wags her tail and leans against my leg, seeking comfort.

"Did you see that red truck go down the driveway?"

"Yea.  Maybe they were just backing out to turn around."

"No. They were all the way up to the house.  Who would do that?"

"Could it be the weekend paper starting?"

A check of the front door confirms....paper delivered.

We pat Chloe and turn to go back to bed.


  1. Good words that tell of this moment, a little anxiety worked in too, but all's well that ends well. The dialogue tells all. Good for Chloe!

  2. I love it! Good dog, Chloe! We were recently woken up in the middle of the night by a visit from the police, so I completely felt your anxiety. It turned out one of our landscaping stones was thrown through our neighbors front window. I am glad your end result was a paper delivery.

    On a happier note, I am teaching myself to make fabulous graphics like Ruth (see the new decorated quote on my blog) and I made you a "You Matter" jpg file button for your blog. If you e-mail me at I will send it to you!

  3. Good girl, Chloe!I love the line about Chloe leaning against you. I can see you talking to Chloe and patting her to figure out the cause of the emergency. We recently had two of our cars broken into in our driveway in the middle of the night but our cats didn't bother waking us up.

  4. Scary moments in the night. What a good girl you have watching out for you. I'm glad it was only the paper. Give Chloe an extra hug from me.

  5. Good doggie. Wish my 3 dogs had heard someone steal our car out of our driveway in the middle of the night several years ago.