It happened. That moment where you are sitting on your couch at night alone with just the baby and the dog and you hear the rattle of the front door handle. This has never happened to you? Well thank goodness. It isn't fun. It has been the biggest fear since I found myself married to someone who's career takes him away some nights. It sends the heart beating so fast and my mind was spinning with reasons why my handle would suddenly jiggle like someone was trying to get in.
Although Africa is large in appearance she is still just 6 months old and does not bark at random noises yet. However, this was an exception. Africa was fast asleep on her bed in the corner, snoring actually. The baby was sound asleep in his crib, and I was probably blogging while sitting on the couch. Faster than the time it took for my heart to drop Africa was off her bed and bolted for the door barking. Not only did the idea of someone trying to open my door surprise me, but the fact that she had that kind of bark in her that I have never heard before really surprised me.
I scrambled for my phone next to me and called 911. After explaining the situation the operator was more than happy to send someone out immediately. I gave her my address and what not and over the course of a few minutes my heart climbed back to its correct position and the blood returned to its normal circulation. I then began to wonder if it was in fact an intruder, or the effects of a windy day. It ended up being nothing (we think), but the point of this is to say
THANK YOUto Africa. You see me complain on here, you see me protest, but this is where I say "thank you".
Who knows what it really was. All I know is that perhaps she scared that person away with that amazing bark. If it was nothing, at least I know that in the future she will do her job, and do it well as a guard dog. Again, you will not have any complaints in this post. We got Africa to love, to keep me company, and to protect. Even as a puppy, I say job well done.