golden retriever puppy

Adventure Dog Wakes Up and Goes Outside
By Dave Barry

It is 6:17 a.m. Adventure Dog [Earnest] is sleeping in the hall. Suddenly she hears a sound. Her head snaps up. Somebody is up! Time to swing into action! Adventure Dog races down the hall and, skidding on all four paws, turns into the bathroom, where, to her total shock, she finds: The Master! Whom she has not seen since LAST NIGHT! YAYYYYYY!!

Adventure Dog: “Bark!”

Master: “DOWN, d - - - - - !” Now Adventure Dog bounds to the front door, in case the Master is going to take her outside. It is a slim chance. He has only taken her outside for the past 2,637 consecutive mornings. But just in case, Adventure Dog is ready.

Adventure Dog: “Bark!” Can it be? Yes! This is unbelievable! The Master is coming to the door! Looks like Adventure Dog is going outside! YAAAYYY!

Master: “DOWN, d - - - - -!” Now the Master has opened the door approximately one inch. Adventure Dog realizes that, at this rate, it may take the Master a full three-tenths of a second to open the door all the way. This is bad. He needs help. Adventure Dog alertly puts her nose in the crack & applies 600,000 pounds of force to the door.

Master: “HEY!”

Door: WHAM! And now Adventure Dog is through the door, looking left, looking right, her finely homed senses absorbing every detail of the environment, every nuance and subtlety, looking for ... Holy Smoke! There it is! The YARD! Right in the exact same place it was yesterday! This is turning out to be an unbelievable adventure!

Adventure Dog: “Bark!” Adventure Dog is vaguely troubled. Some primitive version of a thought is rattling around inside her tiny cranium, like a BB in a tuna fish can. For she senses that there is some reason why the Master has let her outside. There is something he wants Adventure Dog to do. But what on Earth could it be? Before Adventure Dog can think of an answer, she detects ... is this possible? Yes! It’s a SMELL! Yikes! Full Red Alert!

Adventure Dog: “Sniff sniff sniff.”

Master: “Come on Earnest.”

Adventure Dog: “Sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff.” No question about it. The evidence is clear. This is a smell, all right. And what’s more, it’s the smell of — this is so incredible — DOG WEEWEE! Right here in the yard!

Master: “EARNEST!”

Adventure Dog: “Sniff sniff sniff sniff sniff.” Adventure Dog is getting the germ of an idea. At first is seems farfetched, but the more she thinks about it, the more she thinks, hey, why not! The idea is — get ready — Adventure Dog is going to MAKE WEEWEE! Right now! Outside! It’s crazy, but it just might work!

Master: “Good GIRL.” What was that? It was a sound! Definitely. A sound coming from over there. Yes! No question about it. This is unbelievable! It’s the MASTER out here in the yard! YAAAYY!

Master: “DOWN, d - - - - -!”

Adventure Dog: “BARK!”

Master: “DOWN!”