Thursday, July 31, 2014

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: A really bad start to the day

By AMY NEWMARK, Chicken Soup for the Soul | 5/19/2014

As the porch door closed behind her, Cathi LaMarche heard a click. Not good. The door was locked and no one was home except Maxx, her Belgian Tervuren. Maxx had been jumping against the door, and Cathi realized that he’d flipped the lock with his paws.

As Cathi wrote in her story “Click,” published in our book about the surprising things our dogs do, this was not a good time to be locked out. She was supposed to be at work soon, her husband was away, and she didn’t have any money or identification. What’s more, she was a self-described “safety nut,” so there were no keys hidden in the yard.

As the porch door closed behind her, Cathi LaMarche heard a click. Not good. The door was locked and no one was home except Maxx, her Belgian Tervuren. Maxx had been jumping against the door, and Cathi realized that he’d flipped the lock with his paws.

As Cathi wrote in her story “Click,” published in our book about the surprising things our dogs do, this was not a good time to be locked out. She was supposed to be at work soon, her husband was away, and she didn’t have any money or identification. What’s more, she was a self-described “safety nut,” so there were no keys hidden in the yard.

The only way back in, she thought, would have to be the same way she’d been locked out: Maxx. She encouraged him to jump on the door again, but he just sat there. Then, to try to excite him, she said his favorite word: “treat.” But he just lay down on his back with his paws up as he’d been trained to do. Her other two dogs, who were stuck on the porch with her, did the same.

Soon, after not receiving a treat, Maxx went into the kitchen, pulled a fresh casserole off the counter and devoured it. Just what Cathi needed.

When Cathi finally got back inside with the help of a locksmith she found Maxx, sated, lying on the kitchen floor. Then one of the dogs who had been outside with her lay down with his belly up: He still wanted that treat.

Syndicated by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, online at www.chickensoup.com

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