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Doggie Treats
Several days ago, as I was climbing the steps to my porch, I noticed a little plastic baggie. It was tucked right next to one of the posts supporting my porch roof. It contained two broken dog biscuits.

I stared at it for a moment, puzzled. Then I figured that my neighbor on that side, who has 3 dogs, must have accidentally set it down on my porch. I shrugged, left it there, and went inside.

The next day when I came home, I saw a little plastic baggie hanging from my mailbox! Specifically on one of the arms that comes off the end of my mailbox, where newspapers are supposed to go. Once again it contained two broken dog biscuits, neatly dangling one on either side of the arm.

This time I gave it more attention. The mysterious doggie treats, they were getting closer! Where would I find them the next day... and why?

I left the bag on my mailbox and walked into my house, mulling it over. It's possible that the same bag had been found on my porch, and some kind soul had hung it from my mailbox, presuming that my dog might be going treat-less.

But I don't have a dog.

Or perhaps the Dog Fairy has started visiting, leaving treats for all the good little doggies to find! But I don't have a dog....

I also thought about how, when we were children, we were never allowed to eat food we'd just found laying around outside. No matter how enticing it looked. Because you never know who might have tampered with it, in a crazed effort to poison candy-loving small children.

Maybe somebody was trying to poison my dog! Why would somebody do that? Except that I don't even have a dog.

I shook my head and left the treats there, having no idea what to do about them.

Later that evening, my neighbor's new girlfriend came by to solve the problem. She was talking about a mile a minute, explaining the situation in haphazard sentences, the first several of which I missed while F was letting her in.

"We're leaving dog biscuits on your porch! Is that okay? For our dogs! Most mail carriers have some in their bag, but ours said she doesn't have any. So I said Oh I can leave some out for you, it's no problem! We'll leave them here, on the mailbox, or on the porch by the post. She stops at your house right before ours! Then she can give them to calm the dogs down. You don't mind, do you?"

I smiled at the confusing spiel, and told her that I had noticed the little treats, and been very puzzled by them. But it was no problem; she could leave dog biscuits on my mailbox whenever she wanted.... She babbled a bit more, then left.

So, what I gather from all of this is that the dogs next door have been menacing and/or eating our mail carrier, so my neighbor's new girlfriend took matters into her own hands. I don't blame our carrier for being uncomfortable... one of those dogs next door is monster!

Thus it was that, every day this week, I've come home to a little bag of two broken dog biscuits hanging from my mailbox. I don't mind them, and in fact it makes me chuckle.

But am I the only one who thinks the whole thing is a bit strange?

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 29th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I think its very thoughtful of her.

I also likes that it makes you chuckle, something that makes one chuckle everyday is good.

What is new with your cats?

No cat posts for awhile now, did they move out?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 30th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
So true!

My cats are just fine, they're just not doing much postworthy I guess. I've also been really busy at work, so haven't been posting as much, alas.
shakespeare__ From: shakespeare__ Date: June 29th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Cute story.
A little strange indeed.
anderale From: anderale Date: June 29th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
They could try leaving the dogs where they can't bother the mailperson, but whatever...that is strange.

Our UPS guy drives up and throws biscuits out for the puppies to get them out of the way if they happen to be outside when he comes up. We try not to make him get out of the truck though and go up to him. (But we're home all the time, so we can do that).

I'm rambling, sorry. Maybe the neighbor's girlfriend is rubbing off on me.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 30th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually it is odd, because the dogs are fenced in the side yard, and the mailperson delivers to the front door I believe. but the one dog is very big, and maybe he/she is afraid the dog will jump the fence?

I know a lawn guy of mine got bit once, just mowing my lawn by that side of the yard. I think the dog just leaned over the fence and chomped him.
anderale From: anderale Date: June 30th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, that is scary. They need to get that dog into some training! :(
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 29th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
The USPS person has the option of not delivering their mail if they feel threatened so they're lucky they can get away with giving the doggy biscuits. My neice & her husband both work for the post office.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 30th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I don't know the details, but I'm sure there was a problem if they've had to start putting out biscuits....
geekjul From: geekjul Date: June 29th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's pretty funny, but really they should have asked you BEFORE leaving the biscuits! What if you had just throw them away?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 30th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
That's true, and I did consider it! Then I figured: I don't know why they're there, so I guess I'll leave them here for now.... But I'm hardly ever home, so I can see why they might have had trouble asking me.
geekjul From: geekjul Date: June 29th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also Patch would like a treat please!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 30th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin* I'll happily spoil him with treats, just as soon as he visits. ;)
joline From: joline Date: June 30th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)

dog fairy

renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 30th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: dog fairy

Ha -- I love it! Thanks.
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