ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Woof! Woof! Thud! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp! - Oh Dog! Those Canine ... !

Updated on March 9, 2018
Should Noah Have Boarded A Pair Of Those Four Legged Canine Creatures Now Respectfully Referred To As Canis Lupus Familiaris?
Should Noah Have Boarded A Pair Of Those Four Legged Canine Creatures Now Respectfully Referred To As Canis Lupus Familiaris?

Prelude To Canis Lupus Familiaris!

Tony and I needed to meet an old friend of ours over a very important business issue. As we had not met him for ages we were unaware as to whether he was still around. We had to make enquiries and we did.

We were fortunate enough to be able to trace his whereabouts. We telephoned him and made an appointment to meet up with him the following day, and he gave us directions on how to get to his residence.

The next day, we drove past the landmark that he spoke of, and as directed by him, we turned into the very second lane thereafter.

Within a few moments we saw his name engraved on a metal plate and cemented at eye level on to the front wall of his house.

We drove a few meters past his house to a shady spot and parked. Then Tony pulled out his mobile phone put it on the speaker mode and dialed our friend's number to indicate to him that we were just outside his premises.

Thud? No! Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!

heard about dogs taking a cat-nap?
heard about dogs taking a cat-nap?

Our friend said to us that he will be down in a jiffy as he had just finished his shower.

So Tony and I got off the car, walked back and stood leaning on the rear part of the vehicle with our arms folded, looking in the direction of our friend's house, expecting him to come out any moment.

I was trying to recollect the last meeting we had with him, and I guess Tony's mind was focused on something else.

Brave Dog!

Exclusively For Your Dog, Bitch, Or Puppies!

Beware Of Barking Dog!

The gate was slightly ajar, which enabled a tiny view into his premises. Part of the numberplate of his car was visible.

Then suddenly something got in-between his numberplate and our vision. That something wedged itself into the gap caused by the gate being ajar.

This enabled the gap to widen even further, and all of a sudden a big black brute darted out of the gate and headed straight for us!

Thundering typhoons! It was jet black, with white teeth, and made a sound as if two roughly perforated sheets of metal were being rubbed together with intense force ... and it came straight at us, and within a fraction of a second I shut my eyes and dashed back to the car, grabbed the handle of the door and opened it and dived onto the seat.

I then pulled my feet in as fast as I could, and banged the door shut. Tony did likewise. Fortunately we were both equidistant from the respective doors of the car.

Then, and only then did we realize that our friend had reached the gate in the nick of time, yelled out the name of the brute, halted him in his tracks, and was now in control.

He called out to us saying as loud as he could, "hang on, I'll back in a few seconds."

Inside the car it took a few moments to get over the shock of nearly being ripped to pieces.

When we came to our senses, while still seated inside, Tony and I looked at each other at the same time, still not having gotten over the fright.

Then gasping for breath and still in a state of shock, I managed to say these words to Tony, "Woof! Woof! Thud! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!"

He nodded wholeheartedly, in full agreement!

Hmm! Dogs Can Drive! They Can Drive You Crazy Too!

Agreed - Wagging Tail

A few days later, when on the phone talking to Tony, I brought out the subject of dogs and expressed my confusion as to why dogs were constantly being referred to as man's best friend.

His delay in responding made me think that Tony was sipping a drink. He was.

When he finished the long gulp, he re-commenced the conversation. He said as loud as ever, "Woof! Woof! Thud! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!" I agreed wholeheartedly.

Alsatian? Dalmatian? - Are You Hungry, Rover?

... does that sound like the dinner gong? ... it's high time ...
... does that sound like the dinner gong? ... it's high time ...

About Moving House

One a different occasion, due to our house being renovated, we had to seek shelter elsewhere for a short period of time.

We checked out several annexes in the classified ads section in the local newspapers, and then on a Saturday went along house hunting. Possibly the tenth house we saw suited us pretty well.

There was parking space, a small area for our flower pots, and two spacious rooms upstairs with annexed wash rooms, and a kitchen with a dining area.

The ground floor had a sitting area large enough to accommodate our sitting room furniture, and an extra washroom as well. However there was just one problem.

The entrance to our landlord's section and our annex was common. There was one common gate which lead to the entrance of both houses.

This is what prompted my sister to suggest that we should have a look at the other places on our list as well.

So, we thanked the landlord, and left, saying we would get in touch after we check out the rest of the places on the list.

We returned home, hoping to resume our quest the following day. Then ... just before our dinner, the the door-bell rings, and I hear my sister greeting someone loudly and warmly.

I rushed downstairs to see who it was, and I found that it was the landlord of the annex with the common entrance.

Barking Dog

Barking Dogs Never Bite! ... Oh? Don't They?

Barking dogs are a real menace. In a quiet neighbourhood the sound of a dog barking somewhere really spoils everything. Training dogs not to bark is possible they say. I have come across advertisements on websites on pets which indicate that there are downloadable e-books on dog training which include instructions on how to prevent your dog from barking.

I have heard the expression that barking dogs don't bite, but I am certainly not interested in finding out for myself. Barking dogs are viewed by everyone as dangerous dogs as the thundering sounds that emanate from the throat of a barking dog is actually a warning sign to keep your distance.

The "Dog Trot"

woof! woof! - doggone tired!
woof! woof! - doggone tired!

Woof! He's In The Kennel!

He said he wanted to have a word with us. He was with his wife and kid.

So we asked them in and beckoned them to seat themselves. They sat ... and then we exchanged a few pleasantries.

He then announced that he and his wife would love to have us as their tenants, and if we had not already made a decision on some other property, he requested us to seriously consider theirs.

The fact that they had remembered the name of the lane down which we live and had actually taken the trouble to seek and find us, told us the importance they had placed in being selective of their tenants.

Instantly my sister and I looked at each other and she knew what was on my mind and I knew what was on hers. Our decision was unanimous.

However, we said to the landlord that we will call him the following morning to confirm our decesion although we were now 90% in its favor.

Selecting that annex would also save us the hassle of going around the following day checking out the various other properties on our list.

They left happily knowing that we were convinced. Before they did, the landlord said "of course there is a dog as well, but most of the time he will be in the kennel behind the main house."

Blow! ... Dog! ... But ... "most of the time he would be the occupant of that kennel in the backyard ... "

"No problem," sis said, "the dog would be in the kennel most of the time." So with that assurance on our minds, we telephoned them the following day and confirmed.

This will save us a lot of time too! That was important. A dog that won't get in the way would not matter at all. We continued with our packing!

A Four Legged Canine Creature - Barking Furiously!

Our first day was pleasant. We heard the "woof woof" behind the main house. No problem at all.

However, on the third day, when I returned home at seven in the evening and approached the main gate, there it was!

A grey colored brute between the main gate and the entrances of the two houses. Barking furiously, barking at my presence, barking as if that was his last day on this planet.

I pulled out my mobile phone and dialed my landlord's number. His mother-in-law answered, apologized, came out, led the dog in, apologized, let me in, and apologized once more!

That's it! That's the way it's gonna be, and that's the way it was ... for the next few months.

A Stray Dog But Somewhat Tame

The dog in the picture below is a stray one that hangs around near the entrance to our housing complex. Most of the time he is curled up and asleep. The security guards on duty at the entrance used to feed him.

He is a shy guy. Whenever I walk past him I used to say "dog!" ... then he gets up and hurries away. These pictures were taken around the end of May 2009 AD. It was not all that easy to get him to pose. When he saw me approaching, he just got up and hurried away. Somehow I managed to click a couple of times. It is evident from the pictures that he is moving away!

However of late I noticed a red band round his neck. The guys who occupy one of the houses near the main entrance have domesticated him. Now he's sure to be fed well! ... Woof!

On Your Paws, Get Set, Fetch!

it's the same dog ... he does bark occasionally but appears somewhat tame ... possibly he's trained too ...
it's the same dog ... he does bark occasionally but appears somewhat tame ... possibly he's trained too ...

Watchdog On Duty! - To Go Or Not To Go

The business I was in, requires that vendors, distributors, agents and all involved meet often.

The result is that at least twice a month there is a big event which is held late in the evening, and which I always joyfully attend.

There we meet up with friends, and have a real great time. Of course when the function is over, we don't return home at once.

We drive about the city, and explore the culinary delights of the various restaurants in the main city, and almost always have another late night meal ... or two! It is usually around three in the morning that most of us reach home.

That month, one of the biggest agents was hosting a cocktail, and I was looking forward to it like everyone else. One thing that bothered me was, if I request my landlord not to put the dog out on that particular day, will they comply with my request and keep the dog in the kennel till three in the morning until I return?

They had previously agreed to let him out only after 10PM. But, on occasions when we had visitors, they let him out only after our visitors left, not being too happy about it though, as one of them had to stay awake for that purpose.

Well, I was contemplating as to how I could make that request. Even if I do, and even if they agree, will they really comply?

Of course If they don't, I could always call them from outside the gate when I get back, and alert them. They would surely apologize saying it was an error.

This was really bothering me a lot. Even at the function my mind would be focused on that issue. How do I sort this out? I needed to decide fast what to do. It took me several days to take that decision.

I did make that decision in the end. I decided to stay back home instead of attending that cocktail.

Woof! Woof! THUD! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!

Moving Again - Those Stray Dogs

We did not move back to our former premises, but instead had the opportunity to move to a better house in a different area. Here the parking space was common. At the end of the lane there was a large undeveloped piece of land where there was a couple of abandoned shacks. On the far side was where all the occupants of the houses in that lane parked their vehicles.

There was a group of stray dogs occupying these shacks. There were actually twelve of them. They hang around in the vicinity and casually roam about the area. Our house was one before the last in this lane, and thus we were close to this community of dogs.

On the day we moved in, the dogs expressed some curiosity. However they did not really bother us. As the weeks passed, we noticed that when a stranger enters the area, thay all start barking in chorus ... or I guess cacophony is a better word!

Most of the occupants of the houses down this lane used to feed these dogs with whatever food that was left over.

Are You A Dog Lover? If So Please Take The Quiz Below!

view quiz statistics

Feed Them All - Paws And Paws

It wasn't long before my sister too joined in.

As soon as she returns home, she sorts out the leftovers, tweaks them up, micro waves them, and places them on a large metal tray.

This was one of the trays that was meant for the purpose of placing under flower pots.

However it came in quite handy this time. My sister used to place this dish at a particular spot near the shacks.

When the dogs finish eating, the tray is brought back, rinsed in the garden tap and placed amongst the flower pots once more.

There were occasions when I too carry the tray to these dogs. This became frequent. I volunteered most of the time to do this just to save my sister the trouble.

I noticed that at all times, these dogs simply ignore the residents of the area and the residents do likewise. They bark only when an outsider visits the area.

This was really good from my point of view as I did not want to be in any dog's top ten. I really did not want to transact friendship with dogs.

However, I used to carry the tray of food because I wanted to spare my sister of this assignment.

Besides, the satisfaction of knowing that food is not wasted was also an incentive. The only reaction the dogs make when I take the food tray up to them was a little bit of tail wagging.

I used to sense that they wanted me to just drop the tray and get the hell out of there as fast as I can so that they can get cracking on the food.

Woof! ... Tails Wagging ... Need Help Sir?

One day, I got back home from the supermarket having purchased the groceries required for the next few days. I got off the vehicle with all the shopping things in my hands, and pushed the door shut with my elbow.

The driver then whizzed off to the parking lot. With all the stuff in my hands, I stepped forward to reach the buzzer on my gate to alert my sister. I had to make one hand free for this.

On doing so, a watermelon slipped out from one of the grocery bags and rolled a few meters forward, further away from my gate. I stepped over there and bent down to retrieve the fruit.

Then ... all of a sudden I sensed ... a pack of twelve dogs ... all around me ... forming a semi-circle ... with me as the principle focus! All of them with their tails wagging like hell, offering to help ... all of them in chorus "can we help you sir?" ... "is there anything we can do for you sir?"

Woof! Woof!

Sure! Be my guest!

... concluded

What Do You Think About Domestic Animals?

Do you like dogs?

See results

© 2009 quicksand


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Hi Randy (random_dog_girl)

      Thank you very much for this bit of interesting news.

      'A dog barks to communicate?' Jeez no wonder they say dogs ain't got no communication skills! All the dogs that I have come across in my life have been extremely "barkative"

      Well, whatever the case may be, I prefer to steer clear of all those who ain't got no communication skills, be it 'ferocious guard dogs' or even 'gentle sweethearts!'

      Anyways thanks once again, Shibs ..... Ooops! I mean Randy! (Wink!)

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Hi, I love dogs and they are a BiG part of my life. I would suggest that a dog barks to communicate, it it may or may not mean its being defensive or aggressive. The meaning of the bark is understood with its tone of voice. Anf BTW, not all dogs are ''brutes''. Some of them are just 'fiercer' that the other while others are know to be always calm and eager, just like the Golden Retriever, which are not known of aggression. Others, like for instance, German Shepherds are more dominant and strong by nature and can be a ferocious guard dog or a gentle sweetheart when trained.

      Its more of the owner's posture, dominance and training methods that make a dog aggressive or passive.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi Soupie,it's good to steer clear of dogs, barking or otherwise! Thanks for commenting. Cheers!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I know how you feel I didn't grow up with dogs either and it's left me somewhat wary of them. I used to be frightened of them but my mothers dog cured me of that, now its just an unease. I'm just uncomfortable around them now.

      I've learnt that a barking dog is not necessarily an aggressive dog, but when it suddenly appears and comes at you like a bat out of hell I don't hang around to find out either. I've had similar experiances.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      I wish your 17 year old cat a longer and pleasant stay. Thanks once again Trish. Cheers!

    • trish1048 profile image


      9 years ago

      No, I haven't. I won't be doing that any time soon I hope, although I know my 17 yr old cat may have her days numbered :(

      For now I like what I have.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Trish!

      It certainly is good to have cats around! Been on any rescue attempts lately?

      Thanks for checking out my hub. :)

    • trish1048 profile image


      9 years ago

      hi quicksand,

      I've had many dogs throughout my life. One in particular, a pit bull, was a very sweet, amusing dog. One of his favorite things to do was run around my yard and find the strangest things to 'play' with. He came running to me once with my garden rake in his mouth. Another time, he was hell-bent on tearing off the rainspout on the house! But, he was a sweetheart. I eventually had to find him a home, and he was given to a family with a female pit bull. I often wonder how he was doing but lost the phone number to the new owner.

      All of my pets, cats and dogs, were all rescues. I found them, and in some cases, they found me :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Abibakar, thanks for your visit. :)

    • abibakar profile image


      9 years ago

      Reading your hub has made me feel entertained thank's for sharing.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Benson, you've been away for long. :)

    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 

      9 years ago from Hong Kong

      thanks for the fun I had reading this.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks Lgali, if ever you come across an unruly dog, just "thud thud thud" it. Take my advice, you will never regret it. :)

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      funniest hub good info about a dog i like your hub

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      You've learnt it pretty fast, Dottie, now all you need is practice. Good luck to you and keep writing of your progress. :)

    • Dottie1 profile image


      9 years ago from MA, USA

      It was my mother-in-law's dog! Bad Doggie! Woof! Woof! Thud! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp! I wish I knew this!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      A Siberian Husky attacked you? Woof! Woof! Thud! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!

      Those stray dogs did not bother anyone at all. They only barked when a stranger entered the area! Thanks for commenting, Dottie! :)

    • Dottie1 profile image


      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Yikes, scary. I got attacked once by a Siberion Husky. I thought I could play with him like I did with the many dogs I grew up with. Wrong, lesson learned!

      What a pain in the butt that must have been for you to have to move again! Only to find 12 new dogs. I had a good laugh at the end when all the dogs came running and wagging their tails to help you! Nice Doggies!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi AEvans, I simply closed my eyes as if to submit to my fate! My reflexes did the rest! Thanks for reading this article and posting your remarks!:)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi Shalini, my sister says these brutes can sense fear in a person and I guess she's right. Dogs always take unfair advantage of such situations ... just like some humans do! Anyway I am not a dog hater. Thanks for your remarks and for checking out my hub. :)

    • AEvans profile image


      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      This was the funniest hub I have read about a dog experience in a long time!!! I could also imagine the look in your eyes, when Brute came thundering down on you. Made me laugh so hard I cried. I love dogs and have never had the pee-pee scared out of me in that way...lolololo :)

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      Haha quicksand you are soooo funny! I guess those dogs can smell a doghater a mile off!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Well ... er ... I just don't like their barking. I fed my landlord's dog in his absence because the landlord requested me to do so. I had to slowly lower the food into his area while perched on the wall. Had I not done that he would have starved to death.

      As for those stray dogs, they never barked unnecessarily, and I wanted to relieve my sister of those tasks. Of course they showed their gratitude by rushing to my aid when that watermelon slipped off the shopping bag! All of twelve them! LOL!

    • shibashake profile image


      9 years ago

      "However, I prefer to stay away from dogs! :)"

      Hmmm ... I think you are actually a real dog-sweetie behind that hard exterior :) After all, you fed the stray dogs around your house and you also fed your landlord's dog. Time to go look up Freud :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi BeatsMe, I have met friendly dogs too! But I don't like them either.

      However, there was a time when I used to feed my landlord's dog whenever they go away for a few days. Soon afterwards, he began to wag his tail like hell whenever he sees me.

      Thanks for your remarks. :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Shibashake, thanks for your dropping by. If you get used to dogs, and if they get used to you, probably there is no danger. However, I prefer to stay away from dogs! :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Feline prophet! I expected some sympathy from you ... but, okay I understand. Anyway, thanks for your remarks. :)

    • BeatsMe profile image


      9 years ago

      Dogs also have different personalities. Some are very friendly while there are dogs that you can't get near to.

      You sure have a lot of experiences with dogs, huh? Even with the fact that you don't have your own.

    • shibashake profile image


      9 years ago

      lol - very funny hub! I totally agree with Feline Prophet.

      I have always loved the company of dogs, but there are some dogs that I stay away from. My neighbor used to have two dobermans that he "trained" as guard dogs. They never got walked, probably didn't get to do anything except pace the yard. Of course they went a bit nuts, charged the fence, and barked like crazy whenever people came by. One day, they "bit" their owner; I would bite my owner too if he kept beating me with a rolled-up newspaper. After that incident, I never saw them again.

      The "brute" is usually the one on two legs :)

    • profile image

      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      Hmmm...if you will refer to them as 'brutes' you deserve all you get! :P

      Just kidding! Unless reared to be unfriendly, or mistreated into becoming ogres, I find most dogs are lovable animals. You probably came across the wrong ones!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)