“Stop that, Robber!” Sally shouts over and over.
Robber runs through the park with one of the swimmer’s shoes. Sally knows she shouldn’t take Robber to the beach with her. He always manages to pull out of his collar to get away from the confines of his leash.
Originally named Robber for the mask markings around his eyes. The couple had no idea it was foretelling his personality when day they picked him up at the shelter six months earlier. Robber was shortened to Rob unless he was doing what he does so well. He takes things: food off plates, shoes, socks, purses, blankets, or anything loose.
He catches birds and lays them by the door. Anytime John is working on the car or in his shop, Robber waits for him to lay a tool down. John knows he will find it on the porch. They live at the edge of town. One side is country the other is a neighborhood. He brings newspapers or clothes of a clothesline to them from the town side. On the country side, he brings skunks and lizards.
John tries to train him, but he isn’t taking to it. He even took Rob to a training class two months ago. The instructor insisted that if they were consistent, he would change Rob would change his ways. Rob shows no improvement in his kleptomaniac tendencies.
Robber is not only a thief. He is the most curious of dogs checking out every nook and cranny he can stick his nose in. Once John and Sally had to release his stuck nose from the stair rails around their porch. Another time, he was stuck in the rose bush where he had followed a rabbit.
That’s another issue. Rob wants to chase every animal that comes around. He doesn’t act like he will hurt them; more like he wants to play with them. He goes nuts when a squirrel shows up. They taunt him staying barely out of his reach. Neighbor’s cats won’t play either.
Sally along with some others on the beach chase Robber around the beach. He acts like it’s a game until John arrives with his arms full of the things one takes to the beach. When Robber sees the beach ball, he drops the shoe and runs toward John. John is telling him to stop to no avail. Robber leaps toward John knocking John down. The ball, blanket, and picnic basket go flying. Sally slips the collar and leash back on as John is getting licked to death. Laughter permeates the air from the people around them. John, Sally, and Robber stop. Looking around, John and Sally laugh to. The sight of this comedy of errors must have been a funny.
The rest of the day they keep Robber on a short leash. It helps that he now has some of his favorite toys and snacks. Robber loved swimming with his friends.
The sunset is spectacular as it always is by the water. Robber falls asleep on the way home. It is a good day.