I left my house the other day to take my friend to the dentist. I was gone about an hour and a half. When I got back, my Rottweiler, Zeus, was just chilling on the front porch and my front door was wide open. I guess when I left, I didn’t shut the door all the way or else he has developed opposable thumbs and opened it himself. Either way, he was able to get out and just bask in the last of the summer sun for an hour until I got home. When I got home, he hopped right up and I opened the front door and we both happily trotted inside.
Fast forward a few days to today. I pulled out of my house to go to the Laundromat. My mailman is a block or two down from where I live. He sees me at the stop sign and flags me down. He apologizes to me that I haven’t gotten any mail in a few days and tells me that the substitute mailman almost got “eaten up” by my dog the other day. Of course, I laugh, because my dog has never “eat up” anyone, but I guess that’s not to say that he wouldn’t if given the chance. He said the dog chased the poor mailman back to his truck and even after the mailman got in the truck, he kept trying to get in the truck to bite the guy. It didn’t sound a bit like my sweet little 100lb baby. It sounded like a vicious beast who needs to be put to sleep.
Needless to say, I apologized profusely.
He told me that the US Postal Service will no longer be delivering mail to my house as long as the mailbox is by the door on the house. I have to put a mailbox out by the street so the mail carrier doesn’t have to get out of the truck to deliver the mail just in case my rabid, vicious dog is loose.
I would like to sit and complain about what an inconvenience it is, but I completely understand. And, I really feel awful for being so negligent when I left the house and not making sure the door was shut. Because, if my sweet lil baby would have bitten the mailman, there’s a very huge chance that I would have been forced to put him to sleep and I would have been totally heartbroken.
So now that I know where my mail is, and I have 30 days to get a box out front, I’m looking for someone who can make me a mailbox that looks like a vicious dog. Kind of like the one below, but maybe a Rottweiler. I took this photo from ETSY, I think, so I may just have to go back there and see what I can come up with. But if you are local and artsy….. let’s chat!!