The sweet smell of freedom.
It drives people to rebel against their own government. It causes people to rise up and throw off the oppression they’ve lived under their entire lives. It calls to each and every person, because we were designed to be free.
Freedom is what drove America’s founders. It’s what ultimately broke the chains of slavery. The yearning for freedom is such a powerful force, we will give up our very life for the chance. Many a slave was hung for trying to escape bondage. Haitians routinely strap themselves to 55 gallon drums and try to cross the ocean… on the off chance they will survive and live free.
Those that oppose freedom never oppose it for themselves. They want to be free, but they want everyone else to be subservient.
And, as Robert Frost said, “Freedom lies in being bold.” My dogs have tasted freedom, and they now yearn for it as strongly as any man. Abby and Amber have boldly dashed out of my yard, galavanting down the street, visiting neighbors blocks away, and then returning (or being returned) without their master being the wiser.
Last night I was on the phone, and someone would NOT stop ringing my doorbell. I finally went down, and there was my neighbor… with my two idiot canines. He didn’t look familiar. That’s because he didn’t live on my street. He informed me that my dogs frequently escape and run over to his street to play with his kids. The kids apparently have grown very fond of Abby and Livie.
I also found a several day old note on my door from another neighbor that I actually DO know. She told me that the dogs have been escaping regularly and coming to her front door to beg for treats.
So I did what any fun-loving tyrant would do. I locked their sorry butts in the house. When I took them out to potty last night, they made a beeline for the fence… and went UNDER it. The chain link fence is fairly new, and it’s not stretched as tight as it could be, so they just pushed their way underneath and took off.
At least I know how they’re doing it.
They are on house arrest until I can escape-proof the fence.