Ahhhh Rigby, my sweet puppy.


She is a cuddle queen, a food grubber, and my shadow. She belongs to all of us, but her heart belongs to me. She is my “ferocious” protector. She is also a small dog who BARKS SO FREAKING MUCH. Things that make Rigby bark include:

  • the wind
  • Annie passing gas
  • the FedEx guy
  • ghosts
  • neighbors walking in our hall

As you can imagine, we are not thrilled about Rigby’s incessant and LOUD barking. There is one good thing about it though –  there’s no way anyone could ever get near a window without Rigby losing her mind. It has made me feel safe when home alone, or especially when home alone with Annie. Rigby is the best alarm system in the world.

Or so I thought.

One night last week I was sitting at the desk in our living room, doing some work. Annie was sleeping, and Mike was in the bedroom getting ready for bed. Something caught the corner of my eye, and I looked up towards my front door…

….which was OPEN and a PERSON was STANDING THERE.

I screamed so loud I’m sure you all heard it. The person quickly backed out of the door as Mike came running out of the bedroom.  He went into the hall after the intruder.

Mike came back after a minute. It turned out that the intruder was a woman visiting someone in our building, but got off on the wrong floor and was terribly sorry for frightening us. Um. YEAH! Our building is secure, you have to be buzzed in to enter, so we’ve always felt pretty safe.

Anyway, even though it wasn’t anyone with devious plans, I nonetheless was freaked out. Big time. I couldn’t catch my breath. My heart was beating a mile a minute. It was bad.

And then I looked across the room and saw Rigby relaxing on the couch. Here someone had not only come near our home – but literally came into it – and Rigby, the world’s best guard, Miss Barks-a-lot, hadn’t let out a peep. WTF, Rigby? Six years she has barked constantly at everyone and everything, and now, the one time we need her to step up, and she dropped the ball.

So annoying. Of course five minutes later she was back to barking at dogs on the TV. I tell ya, if she wasn’t so darn cute….