I had completely different plans for today’s installment of The Constant Calligrapher, but we had a bit of excitement at the Twin Pines Estate. Sometime around noon, an inmate ran away from the work crew while cutting grass around the retention pond right next door to us. No, I'm not kidding. You hear about these things, but never think they will happen in your own backyard. Well it did. I was at work and found out about it after seeing pictures on social media of my cul-de-sac inundated with cops and K-9 units. Scary, right? The first thing I did was call my husband who had already decided that he should be on his way home... and no, I was not to come. I was to stay put, safe in my office. I kept myself up-to-date via Facebook (isn't it great?) and found that the inmate had ran away behind the retention pond, into the woods, and that K-9 units were tracking him. I also found out from a neighbor that the police wanted to enter our fenced backyard. This bothered me. Eventually, my husband called back with an update. He had arrived, secured the home, and spoken to the police. The police explained that at some point the inmate backtracked to the subdivision. Our home sits on the very edge, surrounded by woods. Because of the behavior of the K-9’s, the officers believe he attempted to enter my fenced yard from the woods at the back gate…. But…. He didn’t, because something spooked him. What spooked him you asked? There can only be one answer. This guy:
He barks. At everything. At us. At parked cars. At small children. At other dogs. At the sprinklers. It’s nuts…. And it’s very helpful, because he barks at escaped inmates attempting to enter his yard. What was the escapee going to do after that??? Nothing else to do but break into my house. Luckily no one was home. And luckily Gabe is a loud, intimidating, albeit annoying barker. So, today's installment is dedicated to Gabe. Thanks Bud! You did us a real solid today! Keep on barking, Big Guy. We love you! Steak dinner…. On me!