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Two days after the Independent

Published my complaint about barking dogs,

The barking in my neighborhood skidded to a halt.

To be sure, not completely. Once a day, or every other day,

There would be a bark or two.

But they sounded a new note, now brief and apologetic:

Sorry, neighbor, but I’ve just got to get this off my chest.

Could it be just a change in the weather?

It was colder; perhaps windows were closing out the noise.

But, no, with warm weather, still the same: the barking chaos was over.

Thank you, my neighbors, and thank you, Independent.

What should I try next? The Independent taking over the News-Press?

The government taking over banks?

Or going whole hog: world peace?

There is a balm in Gilead that makes the spirit whole.

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Those dogs perished in a horrible domestic accident. The final yelps you heard those last days were indeed the poor beasts' very last days. For religious reasons, the dogs were not euthanized and instead died slow agonizing deaths from their injuries, their only relief being an occasional herbal sedative.
But hey man, it's quite in the neighborhood now.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 21, 2013 at 12:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What the heck happened? I have not heard the story.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
April 21, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

the writer is simply expressing his gratitude for the END of the incessant barking (we got lots of it over here in 93101 Westside), and he takes no solace in the dogs' demise, & may not be aware of a story KV has recounted, ... is that what really happened?
Expressions of gratitude are critical today, thank you, Mr. Scheff.
As the dogs' hosts, do the "owners" have the right to impose their religious views (vs. euthanasia) on the animals' dying process?? I don't know...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
April 21, 2013 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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