Sometimes, there are moments in life that you just can’t make up, and last week Mr. Taleteller had one of them. I’m still laughing about it this week and the story is one that’s too good to pass up. My husband had been trying unsuccessfully for a few days to get Morgan out for a long walk. Either the weather wasn’t cooperating, time was too tight or Morgan was too reactive for them to get the long walk in that they needed. Late one night, we needed a few things at the store, so my husband took Morgan along for a ride to get her out and about for a little bit.
They went to a box store a few towns over from us and since it’s a bit more crowded than our little small town grocery store, Mr. Taleteller parked the car towards the back of the parking lot. Normally, this tactic works out pretty well. Sometimes Morgan will bark when he leaves the car, but she lays down and rests when he goes into the store. She will bark at people walking by the car, but when they’re parked in the far corner of the lot, there’s generally no one to bark out and there’s no harm, no foul.
So, my husband strolled into the store and went about getting whatever it was that we needed. He was not running through the store, but he wasn’t taking his time, either. The goal was to get in and get out as quickly and painlessly as possible. He’s certainly no fan of shopping, so he wasn’t in the store for long.
As he was picking up the last few items that he needed, there was an announcement over the store’s PA system. “Paging the owner of a white SUV, license plate blah, blah, blah with a German Shepherd please return to your car. Your dog and your car alarm are going off.” It didn’t take more than a few seconds for my husband to realize that the person being paged was him. He left his items where they were and hurried out to the car.
When he arrived, the car alarm was blaring, but Morgan was laying in the back quietly. Our best guess is that someone walked by and was messing around with the car. There’s no way Morgan would allow someone to get away with something like that. She probably barked so much that she set the car alarm off. And yes, for those of you wondering, she can bark that loud and it is entirely possible. In any event, he turned the alarm off, got in the car and moved it as far back in the parking lot as he could go.
After being certain that Morgan wasn’t going to be disturbed by anyone, he went back in the store, found his cart and made his purchases. My guess is that we did the store a favor and someone went in there and had to buy a new pair of pants after she scared the crap out of someone. One thing we can be sure of is that if we want to keep the car safe, we just need Morgan along.