July 1st 2009 3:31 pm
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...blazes WAS that??? I was out walking with the Mom late last night, patrolling with my super-sniffer. When I walk, I sniff. EVERYTHING. Each thing for a very, very, VERY long time. I totally immerse my nose into bushes, plants, grass, treebark, planters, flowerbeds, water meters, etc. This is probably why they're treating my muzzle for contact acne ;)
So... I'm smelling over by the crabby people's house (don't let your dog on my lawn--we try to keep it nice---grrrrrr, excuse me, but the parkway belongs to the city, and we always pick up after ourselves, thank you very much!) . They have a water cutoff that sticks up out of their lawn. Lots of dogs leave messages on it. Sniff... sniff... sniff...
The Mom was watching me and watching the neighborhood at the same time (when you're out walking the Chicago streets at 2am it pays to be alert). She turned back to me just as I put my cold, wet nose to the small access panel on the bottom of the streetlight pole. YELP! (translation... OUCH!!!!!) I jumped back about three feet, gave the lightpole a W__I__D__E berth, and went back to sniffing the next tree. The Mom figures I must have gotten a shock--the wires inside the lightpole must have been touching the access cover.
Now, I've heard the urban legends of boy dogs getting zapped if they peeps on lightpoles. Never thought I could get a shock by just sniffin'... but, then again, I HAD to touch my nose to the plate... A block later I was back trying to sniff lightpoles. This time the Mom didn't let me get close enough to touch. Did I learn a lesson getting zapped? Nope. :D
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Mommy thought we were the only crazies out at 2AM in the Chicago area. We have the whole village of Oak Park all to ourselves, and Mommy lets me off leash so I can chase any errant bunnies I encounter. I never actually catch any, just chase.
We call it "The Midnight Run". HeHeHeHe
Nope... the Mom works until Midnight 3 days a week, until 2 am and 4 am the other two... so 2 am, 3 am, 4 am walks are nice. Noone out but us, the bunnies and the occassional cop ;D
On our way to join you.. and I keep telling the boys not to pee up the lamp posts !!!
OMD! If you got a shock, couldn't a human get a shock, too? Perhaps that light pole needs reported and repaired, Dixie before somepup or someone gets the shock of their life.
We called the City Services (that's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one) and reported the location. I'd heard about boy dogs peepin' on lampposts, but never thought about how Dixie puts her nose to whatever she's smelling.