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MILL CREEK STORIES

she just sits there, clutching my cell phone
gently, implying that if I ever want to see
it in working order again I'd better drop
some macaroni and cheese on the floor

are safe. But try to eat a helping of barbecue and you feel like Big Earl from
Cell Block D is staring you down, trying to intimidate you into abandoning
your lunch tray.
With lots of determination and consistency, we have trained our dogs to
wait. We can't quite train them to wait
without dripping and drooling, and
they certainly aren't patient about it,
but at least they do wait. Typically.
Our Great Dane, Mosey, has started to engage in a
particular form of barter. I'll be sitting there on the sofa
directing a forkful of goodness towards my mouth, and
I notice that she is sitting across from me holding something in her maw. What has she got? Well, it's not going
to be something of hers. Nope, she finds something that I
hold dear, and just sits there, clutching it gently between
dinosaur-massive incisors, implying that if I ever want to
see my cell phone in working order again I'd better drop
some macaroni and cheese on the floor, pronto.
The fact that she has figured out how to negotiate for
something she wants both makes me proud and terrifies
me at the same time. Often it feels less like a negotiation
and more like extortion, but still it's quite clever of her
to put two and two together. She never offers me one of

her toys, or bowls, or anything she finds useful. No, it's
always something of mine, even if it's just a recently used
popsicle wrapper from the trash can, that she's holding
hostage. Perhaps Great Danes have some sort of mob affiliation in their history because the more I think about
this, the more it feels criminal.
This is not something she's done just once. No, no,
no, Mosey presents herself quietly carrying a bargaining
chip at almost every meal now. The other two dogs wait
and watch, hoping that this ploy will work and that they
all benefit.
If she keeps honing her negotiation skills, maybe we
can secure a book deal for her. Can't you just imagine the
cover photo?
"Mosey Brennan: The Art of the Deal."

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