Location: marengo, il, United States

Saturday, February 12, 2005

A Nasty, Spiteful Dog

Jack could snore something fierce. Allen hated being disturbed while he slept, and so would shout at Jack several times until the old yellow cur settled down.

“Shut up that racket, Jack!”

Thelma liked to host weekend parties that lasted long into the summer night. Soft music, punctuated with loud bursts of gay laughter, floated out across a moon-lit millpond, where it kept not only the small creatures of the dark amused, but also little children who nestled under warm covers out on the screened-in porch.

A young man, also named Jack, drank too much one night, and passed out on a sofa. Thelma tidied up her kitchen after the last of the other guests left, while Allen tended to doors and lights. Soon the house lay dark and stilled, and distant frogs began their own chants.

Hours later the aged hound took to his snoring and fitful snorting.

Allen awoke in a rage.

“Shut up that damn racket, Jack! Right this minute!”

A muffled voice slurred from the next room,

“Shut up yourself, you son of a bitch.”

The husband bolted upright and shook his wife hard.

“Thelma! Did you just hear that dog talk back to me?”


Blogger Jay said...

Classic Harry.

8:16 AM  
Blogger glenniah said...

Booga Booga

This reminded me of the film Old Yeller which traumatised a whole generation of aussie children. Maybe that's why Old Yeller died, he didn't have anything to say


9:18 AM  
Blogger Harvey Young said...

This is a fun story. I was taken back to the parties my parents held when at least one guest, sometimes a relative, would end up spending a day or two after drinking too much. Looking back, I wonder where those folks were actually supposed to be?

I now live with that old dog that snores, and snorts throughout the night. He is my constant companion, but it is like spending all of your time with a very old man.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

Great story, Harry. An old yeller dog, huh? Seems to me I remember an old red dog that used to snore just as loudly. But these days, I'm told, it's myself that snores...

Of course, I don't believe it for a moment. :D

12:20 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

The reason a snorer cannot hear himself snore can be attributed to the same phenomenon that causes two year old humans to speak only Chinese.

10:23 PM  
Blogger James said...

Tip had some great old mut dogs.

Remember the one he called Dammit?

I think he just enjoyed himself way too much just calling him over.

"Come HERE DAMMIT"......:^)

GREAT story btw!

6:47 PM  

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