Looks Do Matter!

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Looks Do Matter!

Written by Teresa Dean Smeigh

copyright November 2015

We had a puppy and during the day we tied her outside in the yard. The neighbors who just happened to be black had a bunch of little children who liked to torture the puppy. They would throw things at it and run up just outside of reach of his chain and hit it with sticks.

Eventually we moved and of course the dog got larger. We put up a fence for the mother and the much larger dog the puppy had become.

One day I was in the house with the windows open and heard barking and then a man’s voice, “Lady, please get your attack dog. I can’t move.” I was totally mystified because the dog was in the fence and for that matter why was a man outside?

So I cautiously peek out the window that was right beside him and here is the dog pinning the meter reader up against the house.

The dog did not forget what those little black kids did to it and it saw its chance and dug out underneath the fence and jumped up pinning the man against the house. The dog was quite big now and could do that quite menacingly and I am sure you have guessed it by now, the meter man was black.


This is a true story. I was a little afraid of the dog myself because of the situation. I didn’t know if it would truly attack or not. I did finally get it off him and held on til the man left. I filled up the hole and put the do back, but the fence had to be reinforced with bricks all around so it couldn’t dig out again.

About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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6 Responses to Looks Do Matter!

  1. jannatwrites says:

    That would’ve been scary. When I was a kid we had a dog who was so sweet…. except for Hispanic men. Not sure what that was about.


  2. Tara R. says:

    Kids can be so mean to dogs. I put up a sign to warn the meter guy about my dogs. They wouldn’t attack, only lick him like crazy.

    (When you posted to Studio30+, you left off the link to your story. Could you please add it, so the other participants can find you? Thanks, t)


  3. joescottusa says:

    Dogs are colorblind. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was.

    Liked by 1 person

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