I’ve Got My Bark Back


Wow, it’s been a while since I barked. I got kinda distracted and sort of messed up in the head. I’ve had barker’s block for over a week.

It started with yapping at the universe. One day I just couldn’t shut up. Then Codie’s rose appeared, but she didn’t put her thoughts in my head. I thought she was mad at me because of all my yapping, and I got all bummed out.

But then some neat stuff happened. When my bark went silent my friends stepped in and did some barks for me.

Jack took the lead, then Tess. Later a guest dog helped me out with a really neat bark. Her name is Sima and she is the mother of my pal River.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what happened. I went from being at the top of my game to a pretty sorry mutt. Everybody could have made fun of me or said mean things. But they didn’t do that. They really tried to help me.

Jack was the most worried. It bothered him that I lost my confidence. He kept telling mom to do something to make me better. Mom knew I had to sort things out on my own, but she gave me lots of extra love.

I told mom I want to go back to school. It’s September and the long summer days are over. It’s dark when we get up and dark before we go to bed. I feel like I need to learn some new stuff.

Mom says as soon as we get back from our trip to the beach she’ll put me in a class. I have to take a test to see if I’ve forgotten my first class. I hope I can be in the intermediate class. I want to earn some badges for good behavior. Mom says if I work really hard I can go to agility classes. Stay tuned. It’s gonna be a fun time. Gotta run!

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