If you live out in the suburbs or the country, in places where there’s more open space and fewer fences, you might be familiar with the sight of a goofy, old dog wandering into your yard. It might even happen on the regular. But usually these wandering pooches are out getting some exercise or chasing a scent. Maybe they just want to see a new place. They don’t often walk into your house and take a nap right then and there!
This particular tale has been bouncing around the Internet for quite a while. While we at Wimp can’t quite confirm the source, the oldest mention we’ve found suggests that a forum user named BumbleBeeBoogie on the knowledge bulletin board able2know.org claimed it happened to her friend back in 2008. Of course, anything that “happened to a friend” should always be taken with a big grain of salt, especially when it’s such a great story like this.
Without further ado … a picture to get you primed for this “shaggy dog story.”
An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.
He calmly came over to me, and I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall and curled up in the corner, falling asleep. An hour later, he went to the door and I let him out.
The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day he arrived for his nap with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with six children, two under the age of three. He’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”