The other night, Rita started barking at about 2 am and woke us up. Since she quickly calmed down, I figured she'd seen a critter in the yard and we ignored it.
The next morning I found the problem: the smoke alarm in my office somehow fell out of it's little frame-thingy (sorry to get all technical on you there!) and hit the hardwood floor. How that didn't wake us up, I don't know, but it sure woke up Rita!
There was no battery in it, but I didn't really think anything of it since we'd had an issue last winter with the darn smoke alarms going off in my office/the hallway every time I took a really hot bath - which was, oh, about every night. So I knew we had dismantled a couple of them.
Later that day, I saw Rita freaking out about something by her toy basket. I thought, "Oh great, another unwelcome guest!" Turned out it was the missing alarm battery.
It must have been knocked free when the alarm fell, and skittered across the room to Rita's toy basket. This made me feel better, realizing we actually had had a working alarm up all this time! It did not make Rita feel better though. She did not understand what this odd creature was in our house!
She batted, swiped and pounced at it:
She play-bowed to it, while growling for good measure:
She eyed it suspiciously:
...and eyed it suspiciously some more:
She crept up on it:
And then she decided to settle in and make sure it wasn't going anywhere:
She's such a good guard dog. And, because of this alarming mischief, I went around and made sure ALL the alarms in the house had working batteries in them. (Um, only 50% of them did...) So, in the end it was good mischief.
Are you good about checking your alarms each year? We're not... But now we're going to be! I think...
In Other Wee News...
It's time for the Dogs of Blogville calendar contest. We were clueless last year and didn't enter, but joined the fun this year. Once the contest is over, money raised selling the calendars will go to help Benny of Two French Bulldogs who has cancer. We know how 'spensive that can be! If you are not already in the contest yourself, we'd love it if you could vote for Rita. It's easy-peasy and is only one vote per IP address per day, so you don't have to be chained to your computer for days (remember the Abby voting madness?? Oh, I'll never forgive the San Diego paper!)
Anyway, just visit this link here, scroll down past the info/photos, select Rita's name from the buttons and hit "VOTE". Voting runs through Sunday. Thank you!
Thanks to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief! And thanks to Jodi of Heart Like a Dog and Julie of The Daily Dog Blog for organizing the calendar contest!