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Dog Cheeta, part Airedale, may be dogdom's only bean pole puller upper
Big, lovable part-Airdale's crime spree might never have been solved had she not been caught, red-pawed, dragging the last stick outof a row of beans
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By Linda Waggener
1970-something, Waggener-Walker newspaper story
Some dogs make their days by chasing cars some by howling at the moon and still others by biting mailmen.
There is a strange case reported to us, however, of one Edmonton dog who has developed a habit of laying back her ears, plowing through her mistress' garden in the night, and ripping up all the beanpoles put out for stick beans to climb on.
Her mistress, Almedia Leftwich, of Edmonton is quite perplexed. She has raised the dog Cheeta from a puppy and cannot imagine where the pet could've learned any such devilment.
Almedia put the sticks up for the first time a few weeks ago only to have them all torn out of their places in the night and brought to the foot of the steps at the back door and left there in a pile.
Cheeta might never have been found out had she not been caught red-pawed dragging the last stick out of a row of beans early that morning.
This had everyone in the community concerned. No one in all the history of dogdom could remember ever hearing of such as this naturally since this was so odd they thought it surely wouldn't ever happen again.
So she set about to put the sticks out the second time. This night as before the beanpoles were taken from their places in the same manner it later happened again, with a different kind of bean so it's certain that the dog has nothing against stick beans.
It has to be something else. A reason might be that being part English sheepdog Cheeta might have had so much shaggy hair hanging in her eyes that she couldn't see what she was doing and once entwined in the bean vines and polls just couldn't leave without getting every single one of them down and out of her way.
Another reason could have been that she is one of the many lovers of the weekly Beanpole column in Find magazine and just couldn't stand to see this writer's Pen Name taken in vain by letting stick bean polls be called "Beanpoles." Or it might have been that, like all of us, she was sick and tired of this world slowdown during dog days and just wanted to stir things up a bit.
Well, the bean poles are back up again for the last time, Almedia says, and Cheeta is spending a short sentence in the corncrib. She'll be out on parole just as soon as the stick beans are grown.
Meanwell don't read this aloud to anyone for fear that some other varmint will hear you and take up the trick himself. - Linda Marcum Waggener
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