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January 11, 1999

Jake

He is curled up tightly right now barely fitting between the arms of an Adirondack chair just waiting for the slightest movement from within to signal the next match. Jake a rather large Labrador, very puppyish and one might say a professional wrestler is ever ready for the next fight.

No one knows where the dog came from, like others before him he just showed up one morning and found food readily available in dog dishes meant for others. Next he started showing up regularly and then finally just hunkered down on some hay near the barn and figured that this was as good a place as any to take up residence.

Now like a faithful servant he awaits the opening of the door usually grabbing the nearest branch available just sure that I can not live without it.

I usually wrestle the branch away from him and throw it as far as I can in the opposite direction of where I am heading hoping that his chase will last long enough for me to get to the next gate. But Jake is fast and usually comes dragging the tree with him before I can reach the gate.

He is a rather violent dog who is taller than I am on two legs. There is something about opening gates that sets him off. It might be some kind of pay back for the day that he followed me into the pig's pen and I left him in there for most of the day, but closing gates definitely sets him off and he wants to fight.

Jake is always trying to fight his way into the house too. Thankfully I have plenty of dog biscuits to lure him away from doors.

So right now he sits waiting, patiently. I admire him for that. I have little patience but Jake has plenty. But I know the longer I make him wait the bigger the fight will be when I try to make my way down the hill.

This morning with frost covering the ground I barely noticed the cold. I grabbed a few dog biscuits and nearly had my hand removed as his alligator like snout grabbed them, then toting a coffee filter and bagel with one hand I had to wrestle him with the other.

Two cows that had infiltrated the barn are looked on in amusement as I kept trying to fend of Jake and not slip in cow droppings at the same time. I thought being followed by pig hating cow might not be a bad replacement for this pesky fellow.

Finally I made it up the hill but it seemed like it took me forever. Meanwhile Jake gets rested up for the next match. He'll be happy to know will occur in just a few moments.

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