Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sentinel Duty

I think of myself as a Sentinel. I think it has something to do with my heritage. I am part terrier. Grammie says that I must have come from the line that hunted badgers. She says this because I like to make holes in the yard and shake the devil out of my stuffies. I looked up the meaning of sentinel. Per some dictionary it means: noun: One that keeps guard; a sentry. Transitive verb: -neled or -nelled, -nel·ing or -nel·ling, -nels or -nels To watch over as a guard. To provide with a guard. To post as a guard.
I take my duty very seriously. I have the ability to take out an achilles tendon in one bite. I have a guard tower in the front of the compound that looks out onto the vunerable area. Daily there are intruders that dare venture into my area. I start with a low growl. It is fearsome to many. If they are demented enough to venture closer to the compound I let out with a loud and terrifying bark. Usually this is enough to send the intruders on their way. At times there are the ones who dare set foot on the thing called a porch. It is then that I must leave my tower and go to the main gate. My brothers join me there, even if they do not have the same killer instinct as I. (except possibly Edgar as we have seen his kills) We know that intruders are fearful of the mob mentality. I have taught this to them. It does work because the intruder drops what is in his hands and runs for his transportation device.
I spend a better part of my day that I am not napping on this duty. My question is: Why does that big red haired guy that is always laying in the big chair yell, "shut up Moco. I'm going to squirt you if you don't shut up? I have yet to figure this out.


Petra said...

Yes, Sentinel Moco, I can see that you take your guard duties seriously. Who could question your authority?

And as leader of the pack, I love how your tail wags.

Mack said...

OMD! I have the exact same problem! A big red headed guy is always threatening to squirt me with the squirt bottle if I don't behave!!

Maggie & Mitch said...

Is your squirt bottle orange like mine, Moco? Your story sounds too familiar! I take my job very seriously too!

Love ya lots,

Stella and Annie said...

We see our brown haired pack leader's lips move a lot. Of course, we can't hear her over all the barking.

Peanut said...

Mom says she has seen on duty and you do a wonderful job. Also she says big red hair guy=no noise and you should have been around when she was a kid it was even worse.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Moco!
I am sure you are a very good Sentinel!
I do the same but I don't have a special place to do it! As soon as I hear a noise I start barking like crazy and sometimes I do it on my mom's ear!
The more they try to shut me up the more I bark!
Kisses and hugs

Lacy said...

woofies Moco, heehee me iz likie Lorenza, da more dey try to hush me da more me barks...me iz a guard dog too, me sits on back of couch where me can seed it all...

b safe,

Chef said...

Grammie got a dog!! YAY! And you are a cutiepie, Moco. So pleased to meet you. Bet you're a great watchdog. You take good care of your family and look out for trouble, ok?
Your pal, Chef

happy said...

You sure make a good sentinel, Moco! I do take my job seriously too although LS said sometimes I abuse my power by barking too much.

Joe Stains said...

you obviously take your job very seriously and you have defended your house thus far, the red haired guy should be more gracious!

Girl Girl Hamster said...

I think your family are so lucky that you're such a pawsome guard and serious during your duty

~ Girl girl

Pacco de Mongrel said...

u r doing such a great job as your family private security guard...

Ferndoggle said...

My folks try that stupid spray bottle trick on me but I just like to drink the water!!

You are excellent at your job, Moco.


Lady Kaos said...

I have a similar problem. There's no big redheaded guy in my house and I LOVE being squirted with the squirt bottle (I get upset when Gunnar gets squirted and I don't), but the part where you get told to be quiet is the same. I hate when Mom and Dad tell me "they're across teh street, it's okay." If I'm barking at them, then they are obviously too close and it's not okay!! Sheesh!

Asta said...

It's twuly amazing how unthankful some hoomans can be..dog knows what howwible intwudews would have inbvded youw house if it wewen't fow youw sentinel dooties..I think the wed haiwed guy should be vewy gwateful and give you tweats and cuddles in his lap!
Us tewwiews awe misundewstood!
smoochie admiwing kisses

Asta said...

I don't have fuwlined boots..I don't have any boots??do you??
I don't think I would know how to walk in them
stay wawmand have a gweat weekend
smoochie kisses

Lacy said...

woofies Moco and all...heehee, only reason me dont run is cause dey git me in a bear hug and wont lemme go...

b safe,

Bella the Boxer said...

You are indeed a strong and fearless sentinel, Moco. As for the big redhead, ignore him...that's what I do with the big redhead who occupies my house. Fortunately, he hasn't figured out the squirt bottle thing yet. Hopefully he doesn't read this blog and get any bright ideas.

xoxo - Bella

Asta said...

You suwe awe sweet to invite me it would be lovely to play with you!!!
Youw house looks like it's full of fun!
smoochie kisses

Maggie & Mitch said...

Hey Moco!
Mom has never knit socks! She's chicken!
Tell your mom to please post pictures of her socks! We want to see them!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

cookie said...

What's the spirt bottle thing? Mom doesn't have one of those. If I won't like it, don't tell her what it is......

Moco, you are a super guardian of the castle!!!!

Cookie and crew

Chef said...

I think I'm done with couches, Moco - one day at a time, one day at a time....

xox Chef

wally said...

Well done! I do a similar job here--shouting at passersby. Someone's got to do it.


ps. I love your eyebrow(s?) and beard. Lovely!

Ruby Bleu said...

Hmmm that person sounds mean and should watch out for 'the mob'!!! Moco it sounds like you take your job very seriously...Grammie is really lucky to have someone watching out for her like that!!!

Lots of licks, Ruby

Stanley said...

MOco! You are a sentinel extraordinAire! I'm sure you're part Airedale (or maybe Lakeland Terrier since your stature suggests a more diminutive dog). I think Stella is on her way to be a good sentinel herself. She's in the "solo" phase of her training, and she's very vigilant.

So tell me. Who IS this red-headed guy, and do you need us to take him out for you?

Goober love & smooches,