Give Us Free

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.

  25 comments for “Give Us Free

  1. June 29, 2005 at 10:59 am

    Aaah, Kansas…..

  2. June 29, 2005 at 11:04 am


  3. June 29, 2005 at 11:05 am

    It’s bigger than you think.

  4. June 29, 2005 at 11:06 am

    By the by Rachel, about the falling comment… You DO know that my name is JENNA and not RACHEL, right??

  5. June 29, 2005 at 11:08 am

    Are you saying that Rachel has a propensity for falling?

  6. June 29, 2005 at 11:10 am

    Well yes. Although it sounds more vague… More specifically, ANYTHING that involves an action without the presence of grace, in public situations she desires to act most graceful.

  7. June 29, 2005 at 11:10 am

    Gosh, my mother is like that, too.

  8. June 29, 2005 at 11:15 am


    ..Well, okay, umm… yeah. that’s sorta true.

  9. June 29, 2005 at 11:19 am

    So, it’s true then? Tell me some stories.

  10. June 29, 2005 at 11:20 am

    Be honest…
    You should write an entry on ALL the times you tripped over yourself, because I can’t think of them all.

  11. June 29, 2005 at 11:21 am

    I love you!!! xoxoxo

  12. June 29, 2005 at 12:02 pm

    Aw, I love you too, Jenna!

  13. June 29, 2005 at 1:17 pm


  14. June 29, 2005 at 3:31 pm



    I LOVE funny things. And people! Funny things AND people!

  15. June 29, 2005 at 3:46 pm

    You are SO strange…

  16. June 29, 2005 at 3:52 pm

    You are saying that now;


    ..But you REALLY know what I’m saying, and REALLY agree. Aah, Kansas!

  17. syn_ack89
    June 29, 2005 at 3:57 pm

    a great entry…

  18. June 29, 2005 at 4:32 pm

    Ah Kansas, It’s bigger than you think.

  19. Wen
    June 29, 2005 at 4:36 pm

    Bad Girls!! Bad!

    Actually, I’m not sure who I’m talking about…

    Oh, and for anyone who is interested…I have a new diary at a new *not* diaryland address:

    Or you can click the link above. I have the notify list at dland, for now…

  20. June 29, 2005 at 4:49 pm

    I don’t have dogs but don’t they make those electronic zappers you can collar them with. And then when they make for the fence you just send volts of mind numbing electricity through thier bodies until their lying on the ground convulsing? Like I said, I’m no dog expert but it seems like that would work…..

  21. odaresilv
    June 29, 2005 at 7:02 pm

    Sorry to hear the girls are miss behaving. At least you’ve figured it out and can fix it. Well, hopefully you can fix it. Good luck!

  22. June 30, 2005 at 7:29 am

    Incredipete, I think you should sell them to the chinese buffet. I mean really, running around and getting food and campanionship from strangers, they’re just common whores. I miss those days really…..Crap here comes the warden! SHHHH

  23. June 30, 2005 at 8:49 am

    Incredipete, our dog does the same thing which is why he’s on a chain in a fenced in yard. And yes, that sounds dumb. What you could do is dig a trench along the bottom of the fence and fill it with stones or brick, then get someone to install your fence properly. That way when they try to dig under the newly-fixed fency their nails will hit the brick and act as a deterrent to digging.

    Bad Girls! *tee hee*

  24. Bobby
    June 30, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    Yup cats are the way to go for a lazy man like myself.

  25. June 30, 2005 at 9:44 pm

    DUDE!!!! I want that redirect code!!!!

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