Pepper walked up to the fence, peered though the wire at his big friend Kujo. “How are you today my huge pal?” he asked the St. Bernard next door.
“Oh, ok except for this ol’ hip of mine that just pains me so.” Kujo anwsered. “What about you my Little Professor?”
Pepper huffed and shuffled his feat before he plopped himelf down, laying his front feet out in front of him. “LIttle? Only next to you, my Leviathan friend!”
Kujo just smiled. “So, what is on the agenda today, Prof?”
“I thing something is up with the People. There has been an awful lot of talking and walking and going through the gates. It has me a bit worried, you know. Last time that happened Yuri and I had to get into that iron cage with wheels for almost forever.”
“Well, did they get out those boxes with handles? They do that when they go away for a long, long space. I remember when I was just a young whipersnapper…”
“Kujo! Stay focused! Oh, dear, he is off in one of his rememberences again.” Pepper put his head in his paws and sighed.
“Whoooohaaaaaaa!” bellowed Yuri as he flew past the fence, waking up Pepper and stopping Kujo in mid memory. “What’s up dudes???” as he skidded into the fence scrunching up his whole side into the fence so little tuffs of his long, fluffy, white fur poked through. “Hey, Kuj, how’s things?”
“Yuri!! For Pete’s sake! Slow Down” barked Pepper. “Kujo and I were have a discusiion here about what the People are doing. This is serious. We need to be ready in case we might be needed. Please, sit down and help us figure this out”
“Now Prof, He is just enthusiastic” smiled Kujo, “Yuri, have you seen anything that seems odd to you? Proff thinks they are going to pack us into that thing outside the fence and go”.
“GO!” I Love GO!!” burfed Yuri with a leap over Pepper. He raced arond the concrete faster and faster, barking,”GO, GO, GO”.
“Well, now he is useless!” grumped Pepper.
“Oh, don’t get your collar in a knot there Prof, he’ll stop in a few minuets. He always runs down after a bit”. Kujo chuckled.
“Well, he just doesn’t take this seriously, he never takes anything seriously.” Pepper snroted.
“So, back to the problem. Pepper, did they bring the boxes with handles down stairs?” Kujo asked.
“Well, I didn’t see those. But…look there they go again!” Pepper sniffed as he flipped his nose toward the gate.
Kujo started chuckling so hard he had to sit down hard. “Ohohoh Prof!! I think I know what is goind on.” But before he could finish Captian Gibbs came bounding down the back steps.
“Did you all SMELL THAT!!!!! IT’S BACON!! SOME BODY IS COOKING BACON! OOOOOO I LOVE BACON!! ” Gibbs chortalled.
Yuri put his head way back so he could get a deep sniff. ” Wow! Oh yea! BACON!!!”
Pepper stood up, lifted his nose as far into the breeze as he could get it. Was that…oh yes..yes it is…BACON! He turned to tell Kujo as the big guy put his front feet on the top of the fence and threw his head back and closed his eyes. “No need, he got it” Pep muttered to himself.
Kujo said with his eyes still closed. “There is going to be a big feast. We dogs need to stay close to the People. There is always special things for dogs when there is a feast. Oh my Little Professor, this is what all the gate opening and closing and activity inside in leading to. A feast for People and for dogs.”
“So very much better that riding in that box with wheels!” Pep burfed, ” All right everybody, all dogs must be on high alert for any tidbit that might appear within our range. Yuri, you take the big patio table; Gibbs you’ve got the kitchen door to tell us what is coming outside; Kujo, can you hang out next to the screen door on your side so you can tell us what is coming over so we can reconoiter?”
“You got it little Proff.” Kujo trotted off to flop down in a flurry of dust at the perfect spot just out of range of the screendoor. Z
Pepper went up to the back door and began his very best whinny little cry. It was his best Momma call. And there she was, openning the door for him. Yuri came tearing across the patio and skidded into the sunroom to crash into Pepper and Gibbs. “For pity sakes, Yuri, Slow Down!!! grumbled Pepper shaking his dignity off.
So, the Backyard Gang went on watch. Gibbs was stationed to the big side of the kitchen door, Pepper was in the door way fromt the dining room to the kitchen, Yrui sat under the kitchen table and Kujo watched his door. By the time the food was ready to serve the dogs had their dish picked out. Of course anything with bacon was on everyones menu, but so was the rib bones, the chicken and even some of those carrots that Pepper never took his eyes off.
That evening, after the food was put away, the four dogs had a sleepy talk at their favorite rondeveau spot at the fence. No talking tonight, just happy dogs smiling at each other over a job well done.
Kujo whispered to his Little Professor, “G’night Prof. Happy Bacon Dreams.Pepper smiled back with a heavy, satisfied smile.
“Come on boys, time to come in” Pepper heard his Mom call. “Lets go boys”.
Yuri, as usual, raced in first, Gibbs tumbling after with Pepper coming up behind with all the dignity he could muster with his Oh-so-full waddle. He turned at the top step just as Kujo looked over. The two buds raised their chins at each other, turned and went to their oh so welcome beds.