At the dog park, the big commotion had calmed down and things were getting back to normal. However, Chloe did not seem to be getting calmer. She was talking to Tillie when suddenly she began to cry. “Can you leave Chloe and me alone for a few minutes, please?” Tillie whispered to Rex.
Rex was not one to get into girlie drama so he was glad to go wandering off. He quickly found a pack of dogs who were playing ‘chase-the-dog-who-just-caught-the-ball’. He joined in as if he had been part of the proceedings all along.
“What is it, Chloe? You seem really upset!” Tillie spoke to Chloe.
“I guess it’s apparent that I am, “said Chloe. “Tillie, I don’t have a lot of friends but I feel like I can talk to you. I’m going to tell you something I haven’t told anyone yet.”
“I’m here for you, Chloe. I hope you’re not in trouble.”
“Well it depends on how you look at it. You see, I think I’m going to be a mother. You’ve had puppies before, Tillie. Tell me a little bit about what it’s like. I’m kind of scared,” Chloe confided.
“First of all, congratulations! Being a mother is one of the most wonderful things.” Tillie then went on to describe the thoughts and feelings of motherhood, drawing on her own experiences.
Meanwhile, over near the small dog area, Tito had retreated to rest by himself. He was not quite as loud now that his buddy and protector, Samson, was asked to leave.
“Hey, Big shot! Not so tough anymore, eh?” Tito turned quickly toward the small dog fence and saw a dog about twice his size addressing him. Muffin was a five-year-old cocker spaniel mix with a bad attitude.
She weighed 20 lbs and was segregated in the small dog area. That didn’t stop her from talking trash to the dogs on the other side, however.
“What’s it to ya? At least I’m not stuck with the little dogs on your side of the fence.” Neither dog was particularly fond of each other, or fond of any other dog for that matter.
Muffin was a puzzling dog. She lived in a nice home with her owners Brad and Elsa McFadden on the east side of Labrador Falls. They were about a mile away from the Johnson family, owners of Tillie and Rover, who of course were neighbors of old man Jenkins, owner of Rex.
The McFaddens were a nice couple who worked hard to make ends meet. That often left little time to supervise Muffin who found herself with too much free time.
Unfortunately, she chose to take out her aggressions with destructive behavior such as digging holes in the yard and escaping under the fence, sorting through the garbage or barking to irritate the neighbors.
The McFaddens tried obedience school and personal trainers but the results had not been satisfactory. They were trying to get her to socialize more by taking her to the dog park.
At first they took Muffin to the main side where the bigger dogs go. Although Muffin did not seem intimidated by the bigger dogs, she wasn’t socializing either. Tonight they were trying a new idea which was to put her in the small dog area. The results weren’t much better.
The only interacting she was doing was to antagonize Tito on the other side. “Why aren’t you on this side where you belong? The puppies are supposed to be over here!” shouted Muffin.
This made the hair on Tito’s back stand up. He wanted to say something clever in retort but couldn’t think of anything so he pretended not to hear. Tito was used to doing the harassing, not being on the receiving end.
“Has she gone yet?” Brad McFadden asked his wife, Elsa.
“No, and we’ve been her 45 minutes already,” Elsa responded.
“Do you think that may have something to do with her attitude?” Brad asked. As he did so they both looked at each other as if they had made a discovery.
While this was going on, Chloe and Tillie were still having an intense conversation about Chloe’s disclosure that she believed she was pregnant…