So back to my alter egos of animal wrangling and my dogs. We had a pair of dogs who sounded like a herd of mini horses when they ran around in the yard, which is pretty big. Funny thing was, they had "horse" names--Buddy and Trigger. Buddy came with his name, Trigger came with the name, sadly and appropriately, Trasher. He destroyed things. Even things he loved such as his pet bed. Didn't matter, that name had to go. Just like Finnegan--the name he came with had to go. It was Happy Boy "because he was so happy" 🙄 Try shouting that mouthful--do it without feeling like a fool while you're at it. PS: that's a nickname--I love nicknames (hello, Chief, Monkey, and Chia)--not an actual name you put on a certificate.
Final thoughts on Trigger falling in the pool--I've never seen a dog do that before. We were having dinner outside, the dogs were messing around, and then we heard, "Bloop." No splash--a blooping sound. We figured there'd be thrashing and splashing as he tried to swim, but he was silent. Chief had to fish him out by his collar. The frightening thing about that is, if no one was paying attention that dog might've drowned. He wasn't necessarily a small dog, either. He was about 60 lbs--the size of a small child, people. Not to turn Friday Tomfoolery into a PSA, but it's so easy for drownings to happen. That sound wasn't necessarily "alarming" and we were sitting right there. If you weren't attuned to water or aren't particularly attentive (not a bad thing, we all have things on our minds or are focused on conversations, etc.) it wouldn't have been hard to miss it. 🤔 I was thinking hard about that sound, remembering it in my mind--how easy it would've been to dismiss it or not think twice about it, especially since it wasn't followed up by other sounds.
I'd like you to keep that in the back of your mind, but on a happier note keep this in mind: if you're looking for a spooky, ghost/paranormal read, please consider Lynn Stout's novel, Ruthie. Luck just happened that she's part of my squirrel shenanigans (note Wallace, above), it's October and she writes paranormal. It's a good read with enough creepiness for the season and those who like ghosts and paranormal, but not overpowering for weenies like me. Seriously, I have an overactive imagination. Stephen King, Saul Bellow, and all those other creepy stories had to stop after I started babysitting in Junior High. I'm not kidding. Jump scares--forget it. My former students loved to include jump scares in their presentations for my "monster class." I frequently gasped, yelped, or "little screamed"--once, I grabbed the girl sitting next to me. In all fairness, she grabbed me, too. 🤣
Read a good creepy mystery ghost story (Lynn's book, you all), watch everyone around water, and entertain yourself with animals. That's my Friday Tomfoolery for you!
I hope everyone is well and that you find something funny, curious, or thought-provoking to brighten your days.