34: A Hot Dog

34: A Hot Dog

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?

A Hot Dog

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Dakota, you’re freaking me out.” It was the kind of hot and muggy night that made your toes sweat. I lay in bed trying to beat the heat and get some sleep, but no air conditioner could keep up with the stifling weather. It didn’t help that my 120-pound Akita was sitting in my bedroom doorway, just staring at me.

“Seriously, Dakota go lie down. It’s late,” I ordered.

That’s when the “wooing” started. Akitas, especially my Dakota, communicate by “wooing” instead of barking. Barking is reserved for warning strangers to stay away and chasing squirrels.

“Wooo-wooo,” he said.

“Dakota, it’s hot and I’m trying to sleep. Please, go lie down,” I whined.

He woo’d again, before walking to the side of my bed, laying his big head on the edge, and letting out a sharp huff.

I rolled over, turning my back on my mangy mutt. “Go to bed.”

Dakota then put his two large paws on the bed and hoisted himself up, until he was breathing on my head. His hot breath on the back of my neck was not helping.

“Fine.” I threw off my sheet. “Do you want to go outside?”

I marched to the back door, yanking it open with more force than needed. “Go!”

Dakota sat down and woo’d at me. Apparently, that was not what he wanted. I slammed the door.

“Are you hungry? Do you need water?” I asked.

I checked his water and food bowls. Both were full, but I emptied his water bowl and refilled it with fresh water. I sat it in front of him.

“Woooo,” he replied, not touching the water.

I threw my hands up in frustration. “What do you want?”

Dakota turned and headed back to the hallway. I followed. Getting to the hallway, Dakota started pawing at a large, white, box fan. I turned it on. He then lay down, releasing a big sigh, as if to say, “It’s about time.”

~Jennifer McMurrain

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