Once upon a time, a scruffy dog used to bark and bark and bark, all day long.
One night after tossing and turning in bed, the neighbour next door – the one that smiles at the dogs’ owners every day and has never expressed his annoyance about their cute little dog. Took some slices of ham out of his fridge and went quietly into his back garden.
The dog saw him and through the joy of familiarity, wagged his tail excitedly and watched carefully as this friendly man hopped over the fence with some slices of succulent, honey-glazed ham.
The neighbour tossed a slice and the little dog jumped up and caught it.
The neighbour tossed a second slice. Only this slice landed right by the neighbours left foot.
The cheerful (now quiet) but excited dog. Trotted over to the neighbour, and bent down to eat another tasty treat.
The neighbour knelt and looped a cable tie around the dog’s neck. At first, the dog yelped in horror, but seconds later the little squeals came to an untimely end. The neighbour cut the cable tie, picked up the limp dog and placed him gently into his kennel.
The neighbour hopped back over the fence. Back into his house, into the bathroom to wash his hands and then with a delightful smile across his face, he drifted off into a deep sleep.