This week we have been dealing with a neurotic dog. One of the boys let our lab, Jinx out to the bathroom Sunday evening. Well, boys being boys when Tom and I were headed off to bed, we realized that Jinx was missing. She was still outside, on the porch. We let her in, she went to bed and so did we, nothing unusual there. The next morning though, she wouldn’t go out. I mean no way this dog wasn’t budging. All 82 pounds of her was refusing to go anywhere near the door. We have an electric collar for her, so no leash is needed to let her out to the yard, but Monday morning it required getting out the leash and dragging and pushing her to get her out the door. This progressed through all of Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and so on. She won’t go out unless one of us is with her and I mean, not standing on the porch while she goes about her business, but literally with her, every step of the way through the yard. Now mind you, this would not be a problem any other time of the year, but this week, temperatures here have hovered around zero and with the wind chill have been well below. Not a good week for a dog to need you to accompany her to attend to her bodily functions. Best we can figure is that something scared the begeebers out of her. A neighbor said that Sunday night she heard coyotes like mad howling right around the same time, we didn’t hear it, but maybe Jinx outside at the time, did. Maybe it was a bear, although we think that unlikely since they should know that they should be hibernating. Whatever it was she needs a human security blanket to go outside and the five of us are it.

And for those of you wondering, the neurotic behavior started well after this photograph was taken during the summer, so sorry but the hat has not caused the problem. Good try though.