A game of cat and mouse-dog

By From page A7 | April 25, 2013

Gentle Reader, allow me a tale to unfold, asking that as you read, you may observe the very comment of your soul.

A Davis domicile. One parent returns home from gainful employment to her family at dusk. A happy scene as children and parents rejoice in reunion. Two beagles are let out to play in the back yard. A little light homework passes before dinner, which completed, allows all to enjoy a free hour before bedtime. The dogs come in to snuggle, curling cutely into their own beds. All is calm.

So? Did I catch your kingly conscience in my mousetrap scene?

A few attendant details fill out our scene: After half an hour of continuous barking, the police have been notified by a neighbor that this happy home of tranquility is the source of a “barking incident,” one to which an officer has been assigned. An hour and a half after the call, the dogs are let in, bringing the barking to a halt. Later that evening, the assigned officer rolls by to verify if any barking may be heard… No barking reaching his expert ear; he rolls on to other pressing duties.

Please, if you own or are considering the acquisition of a barking animal, consider how this affects your environment. There are rules about barking in Davis, which the police “enforce.” Yet in competition with more important duties, this is understandably but a game of cat and mouse-dog. There will be no issue to this game. Therefore, I ask you, if your conscience be moved, to show care for those around you, show care for your animals, and not allow barking to become the norm of our sonic environment.

Timothy Nutter

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