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July 8, 2014

RONN MOTT: Black Dog

We had some excitement around our house the other day and it was not the good kind.

There was a small dog, black in color with a spiked collar on his neck, and he was the spitting image of a small Doberman. I don’t know if they have miniature Dobermans but this dog could have been a mixed breed that came out looking like a Doberman although smaller.

Anyway, he was scratching at the front door of one of my neighbor’s. We know her pets and, of course, knew this dog didn’t belong there but it was barking and scratching at the door as if it wanted in. It turns out our neighbor was dog-sitting with her son’s female dog and the female was in season. The black dog with the spiked collar wanted desperately to be the father of her next batch of puppies. None of us knew where the dog came from but, in observation during the next 48 hours, he was all over the general area of Collett Park … west of the Park, east of the Park, and so on.

A couple of our cats, our two boys, seemed to take this strange dog in stride but he really scared our two female cats. One took off and hid somewhere and was gone for a day and a half. The other one ran inside and hid under the bed and camped there for an entire day. 

There were workmen in the back yard of our neighbor’s house and the dog went after one of them trying to bite him. The man was clothed in heavy work pants and he finally got the dog to shut up and leave him alone. The very next day Brian Miller and crew came to mow my yard and this strange dog went after them on their mowing machines. In later observation, it appeared this dog likes attention from human females but has no use for the human male.

Well, the long and short of it was the dog did not belong here or to anyone we knew or could find so we called Animal Control and, after a slight tussle, he was caged and hustled off to the Terre Haute Humane Shelter. So, if you know someone who owns a little dog that looks like a Doberman and he wears a spiked collar, please let them know he is in the Humane Shelter. He seemed to be, except for his quest to become a father, a rather nice dog confused and lost and on a mission he could not win.

Magic, Maizey, Maxine and Mellow have settled down to their ordinary, if not boring, existence, and we have too.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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