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Carol Perkins: A husband, Ted, ends up in doghouse

A dutiful husband's thoughtful effort to pick up the family dog at the groomers - but taking the wrong dog results in threats of police action, and a scolding from his wife, even though their children didn't notice the wrong dog difference either. Sadly, the wife would also remind him (her dutiful, loving husband) that any man should know his own dog just as he would know his own children.
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By Carol Perkins

When Ted’s wife asked him to pick Sam up from the dog groomer on his way home from work, he agreed but grumbled when he hung up the phone. After working all day, lifting and hauling carpet at his store, the last thing he wanted was to stop anywhere, but she had taken the dog that morning on her way to work, so the least he could do was pick him up.


At groomers' place was crowded with people and dogs

Sam’s hair had grown too long and was overdue a cut. When Ted went inside to get his dog, the place was filled with people also picking up their dogs, so rather than waiting his turn, he saw his dog sitting with others in a group of waiting dogs, he picked him up and out the door they went. Ted said later that the dog hung his head almost in embarrassment by the way he looked. “That dog didn’t have a hair on his body,” said Ted. “I barely recognized him and couldn’t understand why they would take off so much hair.” Ted opened the back car door but Sam stalled. “What is wrong with you?” Ted asked. “Get in that car and let’s go home.” Sam looked up at him kind of pitiful, so Ted got behind him and gave a shove. In he went.

Hairless dog so quiet he seemed traumatized

Sam was so quiet Ted decided that he might be traumatized by having no hair, so when Sam began shaking, he understood. “I got no response from that dog. I was beginning to think they had done something to him.” Ted had to pick up the kids from daycare so he didn’t get home for about an hour.

Back homes, anwsering machine was going wild

When Ted went into the house, he noticed the red light going wild on the answering machine. He hit the button and heard more than a few messages from the groomer. “You must call us back. You took someone else’s dog.” Another message, “You better call us back or we’re calling the police.” Another message, “Call us now or the police will be there in a few minutes.” Threatened by a dog groomer?

Mistaken ID not funny to elderly owner of the dog husband had taken He called. It seems that when an elderly lady came in to pick up her dog, it was gone. She had a fit and threatened to call the police, which in turn made the groomers fearful she might, so they had to figure out what went wrong. Bottom line was that through the crowd and the rush, Ted had picked up her dog instead of his. Both had been sitting by the counter just waiting, so he took the one he thought was his. “How was I to tell since they both had been sheared?”

Ted was the one who had to make the return trip rather than the lady coming to pick up her dog and bringing his dog to him. When he met her in the shop, she insinuated he had taken her dog on purpose, ranting and stirring up dust. Stolen her dog?

Strange part of story is that children didn't recognize mixup

“Why would I want your dog?” Finally, she took her dog and Ted got his dog. The strange part of the story is that the children didn’t even notice it wasn’t their dog. (In fairness to all, they had only had the dog a short time.)

Ted kept this story from his wife until he finally couldn’t keep it anymore. He knew she would shake her head as if this were just another day. She would also remind him that any man should know his own dog just as he would know his own children.

Ted spared visit by police

Ted did end up in the doghouse with the groomer and the elderly lady who was just sure he had kidnapped her dog. The police did not, however, appear on the scene. By the way, Ted’s dog was a Cocker Spaniel mix and the lady’s was a registered Terrier.


Carol Perkins, the writer, is an author, weekly radio talk show Host on The Hoss, 99.1 FM, on the Tuesdays at 10amCT, Susan (Chambers) & Carol (Perkins) Unscripted and is owner of Main Street Screenprinting PO Box 1051 601 S. Main Street Edmonton, KY 42120 270-432-3152 270-670-4913


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