The wildlife guys final­ly did show up. I haven’t spo­ken to one of them, but the one in uni­form seems inca­pable of smiling.

His first words were not a greet­ing, but, “That tree’s got­ta go. All them trees, they’re bad.”

I knew that was­n’t gonna hap­pen, but had him talk to curiousmay9 on the phone. She said, “Yeah, they always want to do that. The answer is no.”

He was going in and out of the front door for a while, then they were work­ing from lad­ders in the front yard, so we let Kar­li out­side. We’d already intro­duced him to her—an impor­tant safe­ty measure.

A lit­tle while lat­er, a neigh­bor came to the door. “That your big white dog? It’s in my yard.”

My response was, “Those IDIOTS let her out!”

Him: “You mean those idiots work­ing on your house?”

“Yep, those idiots.”

I knew they’d heard me, and said, “DO NOT LET THE DOG OUT!”

The guy said, “Um, kin you put ‘er up?”

“Of course—but you should have asked if you need­ed to have the gate open.”

Note: They did­n’t need to have the gate open. They only made one or two trips through it. They left it open out of pure laziness.

Katie took off after Kar­li, leash in hand. When she came back, the guy mut­tered, “I did­n’t know there was a dog back there.”

She heard him (as she was intend­ed to), and said, “You did­n’t notice the sign?”

That would be the big, red “beware of dog” sign on our fence. It’s impos­si­ble to miss, espe­cial­ly if uses the gate to the backyard.

His response was, “Most peo­ple don’t real­ly have dogs.”

Right—the dog to whom you were intro­duced does­n’t exist. It’s hard to miss 115 lbs. of fluffy beast, in my experience.

I do hope they’re more obser­vant regard­ing the crit­ters they’re sup­posed to exclude from the house!

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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