Saturday, December 29, 2007

A disturbing development

I watched with unease as the humans pried open the cardboard box and set their new robot on the floor. Was this mechanical interloper here to replace me -- like that creepy animatronic boy Haley Joel Osment? Wendell and I exchanged uncertain glances as mother read from the machine's manual. Finally, she reached down and pushed a button. The robot roared to life and began roaming the room, seemingly at random. The great whooshing sound set my hackles on edge. I barked, and Wendell echoed my sentiments, setting off a cascade of canine condemnation. But the humans were unswayed. As I studied their faces, they appeared to be marveling at their new contraption. Then the roar grew. I turned to find the robot bearing down on young Wendell. I dove, shoving my brother aside just before the robot could suction him up. We hastily retired to another room to discuss what was transpiring in our once-secure compound.

It was clear that this robot was mimicking the actions of the full-size Pug Annoyer that the humans occasionally pushed around the house to torment us. But whereas the old Pug Annoyer required our parents to exert some physical energy, thus greatly limiting its use, this new robot needed but the push of a button. An automated Pug Annoyer -- could anything be more devious? I turned toward Mecca and kneeled in prayer, asking God for an answer. But my solemn moment was shattered by the shrieking robo-monster. It had traversed a hallway, the kitchen and the dining room to track me down. And it was closing fast.

To be continued ...

4 comments:

Sarah S. said...

Sounds omenous, indeed. I'll be interested to hear how this story unfolds.

Anonymous said...

I can only suggest that the famous pug hair shedding will eventually shut it down....Have patiences.

Nan and B.A.G.S. the pug -aka Aine said...

Oh NO a robotic Pug Annoyer? A.P.A.?


Please hide in the harem - we will protect you! Aine

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

An ayatollah never hides, Aine. This was a robotic menace that I had to face.

I pray that the pug fur doesn't shut it down before its task is complete, Anonymous One.