The Hard Life of a Hector


Home defense is no joke. I thwart dozens of attempted break ins, assaults, and thefts every day.

Look at that two-legged creeper. “BARK!” I shout, warning him that my house is occupied by a threatening set of teeth.

“WOOF!” I combine it with a growl to ward off that four-legged menace. Other dogs make me so mad – sometimes I get a little over the top and attack the walls. Hooman doesn’t like that, but at least the house is still standing, I say.

Guard duty’s exhausting.  It’s nice to settle down with a peanut butter Kong and a snooze.


This story about my favorite little boy, Hector, was written in conjunction with the April 26th Flash Fiction Challenge, Exhaustion, over at the Carrot Ranch.

We covered the windows with acetate paper to calm our dog down, and it worked for a while, but now he’s convinced he can see through the opaque covering and just barks at any noise that makes it through the walls.  Oh well! 🙂

21 thoughts on “The Hard Life of a Hector

  1. Jules says:

    Awe he’s adorable. Hubby had a dog in childhood that knew when the mail carrier was a block away – no window screening would have mattered. 🙂

  2. Almost Iowa says:

    Having spent almost three decades in law enforcement (as a civilian), I can attest to the truth of this. The best home defense is a dog, any dog. Burglaries and break-ins are crimes of opportunity. Why mess with a dog when you can just go to the next house without one?

    My favorite was the photo of two doberman pincers mounted on a fence with a caption that read. “This is Max and Titan, they can make it from the house to the fence in under six seconds. Can you?”

  3. Liz H says:


    *This excellent piece communicates in full the sacred duty of the house guardian, a.k.a. Everyday Cerberus. We are gratified that you recognize and fear our magnificence and we would not be at all adverse to an extra treat and a belly rub. Thank you very much!

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