Stay out of my air space

Gibby does what all dogs do, she barks at squirrels, other dogs, people walking in our neighbourhood. My husband gets angry with her and tells her to stop but I always tell him that she’s only doing what a dog is supposed to do – warn us of others on our property.  I usually then remind him that Gibby was the one who alerted us to a neighbourhood fire in the middle of the night three years ago and if she didn’t bark, we wouldn’t know about someone who shouldn’t be in our ya64a16eb812f9b413bfed61c3f412d6cbrd or when the mail gets here or when those annoying door-to-door energy sales people are in the hood.

One afternoon something made Gibby look up.  Likely it was a bird she was chasing out of her space.  Stupid bird.  Gibby looked up and found a whole new space to patrol. Birds, planes and helicopters are now forbidden to enter Gibby’s space.  She runs from one end of the yard to the other barking ferociously, protecting us from these overhead threats.  Luckily for us, helicopters fly over Niagara many times each day and Gibby never fails to alert us to their presence.  Like we could miss them.  But she believes she’s doing her job and she always returns to us after raising the alarm for a ‘good girl’ and scratch behind the ear.  And we can rest assured that nothing will ever invade Gibby’s air space without her sounding the doggy alarm.

O. M. G.

WTH??  I just spent an hour trying to drop an online course I signed up for at a local college.  I signed up for Writing for Publication I thinking that it might provide some important information on how to go about getting my writing published.  Logical conclusion? No, apparently not.  For my $400 course fee, I get to troll the internet to see what I can find out on my own about the world of publishing.  WTH?  And not only that, I get to post what I find out for other people in my class to use as well.  OMG! I get it that you learn by doing, but I was under the impression that I might also get taught something or that my instructor, who claims to be a published writer, might share some of her experiences and insights into navigating the publishing world.  If I have to find out how to get my children’s story published on my own, I can do so without giving away $400 to the local Coconut College.  Thanks for your help.  alice-facepalm