I’m posting this here because I doubt anyone has a factual answer that can be supported with citations.
As I creak into middle age, I’ve decided I must walk a mile or more every evening to stave off creeping decrepitness. I’ve got several mile routes staked out around my neighborhood, most of which involve my walking past my northerly next-door neighbor’s house.
I’ve noticed something.
When I do walk past that house, my neighbor’s dog escorts me, on his side of the fence, barking and growling, and sticking his head out under the fence where his half-dug holes are, to snap and generally communicate his passionate desire to put me thoroughly asunder for treading so close to his master’s realm.
When my neighbors are home.
When they’re not home, the dog will look over when I walk by, but I don’t get the histrionics. What’s going on here? I figure that it’s a.) he knows his precious people are away and there’s nobody around that he needs to protect, b.) he’s a slacker - he knows the boss isn’t around, so why bother? - or c.) something else explains it.
So, TM, whatcha think? What’s up with Cpl. Pooch?