AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Gloria Gay, iJack Harney, iNeil Levin, iThomas Neviaser, iD. Enise, iPETE LOCKETT, iCatriona King, i

  Home > Humor > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Donna Hale Chandler

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Poetry
· Stories
· 100 Titles
· 538 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Jan, 2010

Donna Hale Chandler, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Middle School
by Charlene Tess

At last, a middle school version of Simple Steps to Sentence with all new practice exercises, tests, writing connection pages, and answers. Everything you need to teach y..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
The Secret in Phantom Forest
by TJ Perkins

Book 2 in the Kim & Kelly Mystery Series. A school camping trip turns into terror as campers disappear, a phantom is seen lurking around, and 20 dollar bills are discover..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





Share    Print  Save   Become a Fan


BAD DOGGIE, GOOD DOGGIE
By Donna Hale Chandler
Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share this with your friends on FaceBook

In the beginning we thought we were given a perfect, blonde haired, blue eyed baby girl. WOW, Were we in for a surprise!

           BAD DOGGIE, GOOD DOGGIE

 

Our second child, Heather, was the picture of an angel.  Big innocent blue eyes, blonde hair that she liked to wear in braids, and the sweetest smile you were ever likely to see.  But behind that baby face, behind those big blue eyes beneath that pretty blonde hair, was a tiny little devil, just waiting for the right time to strike.
 
One evening, my husband , Don, and I were actually enjoying our newspaper in silence.  Each child had gone to their respective rooms and were playing quietly.  You've probably heard parents say that when things get TOO quiet, it's time to check on the children.  It's true .  All was not as well as we thought because suddenly our dog, Max, in the back yard starting barking frantically.  My husband went to the back door, looked out at the dog, around the yard, didn't see anything unusual so he simply yelled at Max to "Lay down and be quiet."
 
No sooner had he sat back down and picked up his paper, then the dog started again.  Again Don got up, this time going out into the yard, petting the dog, looking around, seeing nothing out of the ordinary.  Max had been fed.  He had fresh water.  He must just want to come inside with the family, but his behavior the day before had banned him from inside, at least until I had forgiven him for knocking over and breaking my favorite potted plant.  Don scolded him, told him again to 'Lay down and be quiet'.
 
A THIRD time, Don settled back with his paper when the barking began again.  This time, his patience had worn thin and out he went WITH his newspaper, which was always our method of 'correction' with Max..  When Max saw Don coming with the paper, he ran inside his little dog house and wouldn't even stick his nose out.  The scolding was louder and more angry this time.
 
But Max was not to be quieted that evening.  When the barking started yet a FOURTH time, I said I'd go check, something has to be wrong.  Max just doesn't get that excited over nothing.  Besides by this time, my husband was so aggravated with the dog, I was afraid that we'd be petless the next time he returned from a trip to the back yard.
 
I went out, checked all around, petted Max, tried to see if he was hurt somewhere, didn't see anything and started back toward the back door.  That's when I happened to raise my eyes to the top of our  2 story home.  There on the roof, and not a flat  roof, but a sloped roof, was our 3-year-old Heather, standing on the peak watching me.  I nearly went into cardiac arrest
 
I broke into a run, yelling as I went to Don, "HEATHER'S ON THE ROOF."  He jumped up and was right on my heels.  We ran upstairs to her bedroom and sure enough, her window was open, the screen was popped out and she had crawled out onto the roof.  She had her Raggedy Ann doll clutched under her arm and she was singing and talking to her doll.  We stood there frozen for a few seconds.  We didn't want to scare her and we didn't want her to 'run' from us, as small children are apt to do when they know they're in trouble.
 
So we stayed at the window and started talking to her.  Finally we talked her into coming back inside.  Trying to avoid child abuse, we tried to explain to her what a dangerous thing she had just done and how badly hurt she could have been.   To make sure she couldn't gain access to the roof once she'd forgotten what we just told her, we pushed her chest of drawers in front of the window.
 
Several days later, Max was again madly barking in the back yard.  This time I walked out and immediately raised my eyes to the roof, knowing that Heather wouldn't be the cause of the dog's distress this time.  But sure enough, there she was.  Oh my goodness gracious sakes alive, how did that  child get out on the roof AGAIN.
 
It was an instant replay, racing through the house and up the stairs with her Don right behind me.  The little scamp had pulled out the dresser drawers and used them like a ladder to get to the window.  This time when we talked her back inside, there was no calm explanation.  There was yelling.  There was punishment.  And there was Dad with a hammer.
 
The window was nailed shut.  Problem solved!  At least THAT problem on THAT day.  But our little Heather would never be a boring child. 
 

Every day was an adventure for her AND for us.
 

© copyright Donna Hale Chandler

 

 
 
DONNA HALE CHANDLER

Author of:
LIFE HAPPENS (My Story)
Co-Author of:
THE HINTS BOOKS
 

 

 

       Web Site: Please take a minute to visit me at POETICALLY CORRECT

Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Reviewed by Bob McNesby 3/20/2012
Donna, stories like this may be a reason I never became a parent. I might not have survived the first roof incident, let alone two. My guess is that Heather became a very special person and beside all the scarey moments she provided, the majority were endearing. I hope Max was awarded an extra bone for all his caring and concern. I really enjoyed this story.
Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/25/2010
WELL YOU KNOW WHAT MY QUESTION IS...HOW IS SHE NOW? I'M THINKING THE 'ANGEL' YOU INITIALLY SAW...FINALLY EMERGED. AM I RIGHT? I PRAY FOR YOUR SAKE...I AM. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS STORY THAT WAS SO FUNNY AND ENJOYED. GOOD WRITE. LOVE AND BLESSINGS,
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Randy Stensaas 6/22/2010
got to love kids, we earn every gray hair. "I hope you have kids and they are just like you" is my favorite saying. great story
Reviewed by D Johnson 6/20/2010
Definitely good doggie, absolutely scary moments...

On the upside, it was good to see your daughter had no fear of heights.
Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Judith Ann 6/20/2010
Your dog just may have saved her life. It's a good thing he wouldn't shut up and that you looked up. Mother's intuition working there. A story for the books for sure.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/19/2010
Bet life was never dull with Heather around! LOL Cute story; well done, Donna!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D


Books by
Donna Hale Chandler



The Hints Book Almanac II

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Kindle, Amazon, more..




Amazing Grace

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Kindle, Amazon, more..




Beginning to Begin (Again)

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, more..




Life Happens (My Story)

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, more..




The Hints Book Almanac

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, more..






Stilettos No More by Diana Estill

Wandering through the years between mini-skirts and Mee-maw panties with both eyes squinted, award-winning author Diana Estill laments she's "put up with this thong enough." She sh..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


My Twill is Tasted: I Mean…My Tale is Twisted by John Rayburn

A demonstration of how such stories as Aesop's Fables, student word play, inadvertent slips of the lip can contribute to hilarious verbal and written language mishaps...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.