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The Day Before Yesterday: 113 - A Friendly Dog

...The crafty dog never put a foot or should I say paw wrong while his owner was at home but as soon as she left the house, it would not be long before he was off also on his own friendly visitations...

Gladys Schofield tells of a four-legged neighbour.


...The crafty dog never put a foot or should I say paw wrong while his owner was at home but as soon as she left the house, it would not be long before he was off also on his own friendly visitations...

Gladys Schofield tells of a four-legged neighbour.


A large clumsy dog lived in the house above us. He pranced about like a young bear. His name was Rebel. He was a big softy and exercised from a chain tethered in the garden. He always seemed to have ways and means of slipping this chain and would be off as fast as his large paws would carry him, affectionately stopping to fuss everyone he encountered with a friendly lick, if they were big enough not to be bowled over with his advances.

The crafty dog never put a foot or should I say paw wrong while his owner was at home but as soon as she left the house, it would not be long before he was off also on his own friendly visitations. We didn't have gates yet to our property and small fences were no problem as he liked to leave a calling card when ever he had been.

Susan had a dislike for all dogs and this one especially. His size was so worrying for small children but she loved cats and the marmalade coloured one we now owned, she claimed as her own. It had the sense to keep well away from this prancing nuisance. The small dog on the other side of us thought it was a child, as they only had one adult son. Each time our children were handed a piece of chocolate, Ricki had to have a piece also. He would whimper until you relented. We had to watch our cat with him, he was more her size and like our other one, always stood her ground. If Ricki tried to tease her he got his ears boxed, the painful way and we liked to keep friendly with our close neighbours.

David liked to play further afield with his friends, amongst the many building sites. There was plenty to interest small boys and I hoped they were not getting into mischief playing around the partly built houses and shops that had now spread far and wide on this estate.

We knew we could not stay here very long as our family had outgrown the house, with two sons needing a place to study to further their careers. It was only a matter of time now, before we had to move again.

Our little girls were friendly with two children across the road. I liked their mother, who seemed a timid creature. Her husband was a very dominant person, who seemed to rule with a rod of iron. He was a penny pincher although he had wealthy parents abroad. The light was turned off in a morning in semi darkness. She would be groping around to get the oldest girl ready for school. I asked her why she put up with this as he had long since gone to work and she was a 'bag of nerves'. "Oh, no" she said, "he will get to know if I turn it on again". She was also limited in the food she was allowed to buy although her husband never went short. This lady failed her driving test many times until her Doctor put her on a course of anti-depression pills. She seemed to get more courage then and after passing the next driving test, seemed to stand up more for herself and the bully of a husband.

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