This is one of my favorite storys because it includes a German Shepherd Dog and Julie H. One early summer evening several years ago, Julie H. was in the backyard with our old K-9 SAR dog Gus, and our new, eight week old yellow lab puppy Gidget. It was the last day of school and unbeknownst to Julie, there were three neighborhood boys across the street and a few houses down, pelting cars with stones. While Julie stood in the backyard, one of the boys smacked a car really hard with a rock and the driver slammed on the brakes, came screeching to a halt and threw her car in reverse.
“RUN” one shouted and run they did. The three boys came tearing across the street and through our backyard. They surprised Julie, Gus and Gidget and Gus did his thing. He cut off one of the boys and pinned him against the South side of the house. As Julie tried to convince the squirming, frightened child not to punch or kick the dog, the angry woman screeched into our drive and marched into the back yard. She pointed and angry, shaking, red tipped finger and demanded…”is this your child?” Julie calmly told the woman that no, this wasn’t her child. The angry woman decided that she was going to haul the little miscreant down to the police station, but Gus and Julie stepped in to stop her. Instead Julie gave him a phone and he called his Mom, who wasn’t home. The angry woman called the cops.
In the mean time, the neighbors began to filter out of their houses to check out the scene in our yard and soon, the kid’s Uncle pulled up. As Julie stood there trying to control the dogs, the angry duo began fighting with each other. Soon there after, a Sheriff car pulled in. The officer broke things up and got the straight story as to what happened. Another officer went across the street to gather the other two trouble makers. While they waited for the other kids, Julie approached the shaking, crying child and asked him, “why did you do it?” He uttered in a tiny voice with his lips quivering, “I had too much candy.”
The next day I ordered a fence. Peter H.