“You wanna go outside?” I called to Sahara who was half asleep on the couch. As soon as she heard that magic word ‘outside’ she sprang to action like she was the youthful puppy my husband had fallen for at the shelter eight years ago.
She was at the door to the back porch, tail wagging a mile-a-minute, telling me to hurry my coffee-deprived butt up. She raced ahead of me into the screened-in porch, sniffing every crook and cranny. As I worked to slip on my flip-flops, she was a huntress on a mission.
“That cicada isn’t in here; it isn’t going to get you,” I tried to reassure her. I sighed as she still continued to hunt the devious bug that had previously dive-bombed her on more than one occasion when she’d been out to do her business. Brave huntress now, but when that cicada buzzes by she’s a scaredy-cat.
I opened the porch door to the yard to let her ‘outside’ finally. She started down the steps, but paused…scrunched her nose sniffing…looked left and right…then backed up. Sighing again, I stepped carefully onto the slightly damp yard and called to her.
“Come on, girl… see no bugs,” I relayed cheerfully despite my own doubts of getting dive-bombed by a cicada. All hope would truly be lost with my running and screaming to the safety of the porch.
So, I whistled and got that sideways head tilt that labs do with paws firmly planted in the doorway. Adorable, but without my morning coffee it was lost on me.
“I know what will get you out here,” I said to her as if she could read my mind and ran inside leaving her on the screened-in porch puzzled. When I came back with a T-R-E-A-T to charm her out the door, she was suddenly, mysteriously no longer afraid any bugs or whatever it was giving her pause at the door.
Based on the adventures Sahara and I have been having at the new place (it has a screened-in porch). The picture is of her at our old place in TX. She’s a silly girl (very smart and an escape-artist) and is getting very particular as she ages.
b : to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction<charms customers with his suave manner>
2: to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also : to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences
3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music) <charm a snake>
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