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No Halloween Here This Year

Uploaded: Oct 22, 2015

That's the sign I plan to put at the front of the walkway to my house on Halloween. Last year my Halloween was ruined by a nosey lady who insisted I come out of the house to "rescue" a neighbor's dog that got out of his yard.

The dog didn't need rescuing. He was in front of the gate to the back yard instead of behind it, but not going anywhere. The neighbor was home. He let the dog back into the yard. Meanwhile I was out of the house just when Trick-or-Treaters were coming and had to yell to them I wasn't there.

It ruined my Halloween last year and so I won't participate in it this year. I know I'm being a spoil sport, but I'm too old for Halloween anyway. I'm tired and grumpy, and done with it, but I might change my mind by the time the 31st rolls around.

The neighbor's dog died from bloat a few months ago. I don't talk to them much, but his wife told me he's very broken up about. I would be too. I had a dog die from bloat many years ago. I was away for a day and when I came home, the poor little dog, a Doxie, was lying in the back yard. I know those dogs can get bloat, but I didn't expect it after one day.

I don't have dogs anymore. No more Dachshunds or mutts or any other kind of dog. At one time I had six Dachshunds but now I have four cats. Cats are easier to leave for a day or two. The only problem with my cats, is one of them is a bully and she chases one of the other cats around to show her superiority. Who says cats are not like people? I know people who act that way too.

You can learn a lot about people by watching animals. After all we are "animals" too. We are not as superior as we think we are. I'm sure I'll get some comments about that.