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Roscoe was a rascal with sense of humor


There are a lot of pet lovers in our office. Where would we be without our loveable, loyal pets? Or are they really? Loyal friend or enemy? I do have reason to question 'man's best friend.' Not long ago, Editor, Catherine Minolli came into my office ho



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There are a lot of pet lovers in our office. Where would we be without our loveable, loyal pets?

Or are they really?

Loyal friend or enemy? I do have reason to question 'man's best friend.'

Not long ago, Editor, Catherine Minolli came into my office holding an old issue of the Tri-City Times, chuckling.

"This is pretty funny, I just love it," she went on to say as she pointed to a series of photos I had taken 20 plus years ago of my dog, Roscoe.

Those photos instantly rekindled memories of Roscoe, a beautiful Irish setter. Now understand, Roscoe would do anything to please me, even if that meant dressing up for the camera so I could humiliate him.

During an extremely hot summer day, I decided to use Roscoe as the subject of a series of photos titled "Dog Days of August." Thinking back, maybe I was more entertained by it all than Roscoe was. I forced my loyal friend to wear a golf cap, sunglasses and bandanna as I snapped away at my very own black and white photo sitcom.

As if it were just yesterday, I recall the look in Roscoe's eyes told me he didn't find it all that amusing. After each shot, I'd say, "Dat's a goooood boy Roscoe, gooood boy."

He seemed to be happy with my praise, but deep down I knew otherwise.

So, as the old pictures showed, there sat Roscoe, looking back at me in his unnatural splendor, one eye peeking over the crooked sunglasses balancing on his nose, giving me that wishful look that said he hoped I would burst into flames.

I know that was what he was thinking.

Oh they may look innocent, but these beasts are masters at their own brand of subtle humor. Those who have lived with dogs know this.

Roscoe, as stupid as he appeared to be at times, I'm convinced knew exactly what he was doing.

It was his own form of high dog comedy. The thing was the joke was on us.

My wife and I would be settled in for the evening, watching television, eating popcorn, totally unaware of what Roscoe had in store for us. Suddenly, he hits us with 'DOG WIND.' Gassed again. Roscoe would then rise from his resting spot, roll his eyes in mock disgust, snort and leave the room. Meanwhile, my wife and I are left gasping, eyes watering and cursing his name. And Roscoe would go to the kitchen and chuckle, no doubt.

Another time-honored classic that Roscoe used to pull on us was, "cry wolf" gag. Any dog worth its fur knows how it is done. Roscoe would pick a rainy, miserable day, wait until we were settled in for the evening, then ask to go out. Stay out long enough to get wet and muddy and ask to come back in. Then he would repeat this process every 1/2 hour for hours on end. Each time of course, tracking as much mud as he could throughout the house.

Dog humor strikes again!

Roscoe was also good at the 'selective hearing' gag as well. Roscoe was a dog that could hear the word 'treat' whispered softly at 100 yards, but could go suddenly deaf when you called his name. Meanwhile, as he was wandering around the yard, giggling to himself, I stood outside in the freezing weather calling to him. Roscoe would work it perfectly, looking up at you as if he didn't hear you. When he was good and ready he'd come running into the house pretending to be proud of his obedience.

Roscoe ran away shortly after those pictures were taken. And we never saw him again. We think he and surely his offspring may be tormenting other humans as we speak.

Yes, humor is rampant in the animal world. Dogs, in particular, constantly plot little amusements against us, entertaining themselves at our expense. Although you may think it's the other way around.

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Email Randy at: rjorgensen@pageone-inc.com

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