[Missouri-l] good dog
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Fri Jul 24 20:26:19 CDT 2009
Three Cheers for Holly!!
By: Dr. Ron Milliman
As a university student, one has to take a few courses, maybe even a lot of
courses that tend to lack intense interest. Okay, let's just say it the
way it is. Some courses are just plain boring, the book is boring, the
class is boring, the professor is boring; everything about it is boring.
Now, if they are boring to you and me, and we are supposed to be
intellectual scholars seeking every little possible morsel of knowledge
with the utmost enthusiasm, can you imagine how boring, totally
uninteresting, those courses must be to our guide dogs?
I was working on my Ph.D. at Arizona State University, majoring in
marketing with supporting areas in economics and quantitative systems.
Now, how exciting does that sound? Okay, admittedly, some of the econ and
stat courses left a bit of excitement to be desired. Anyway, I was
enrolled in Dr. Plantz's Advanced Macro Economic Theory course. Just the
name of that course should put you in the party mood, right? Well, maybe
Anyway, Dr. Plantz had the habit of totally ignoring the bell when it rang,
signaling the end of the class. He would just keep right on lecturing,
like he was totally tone deaf of the bell's ringing frequency. My guide
dog, Holly, would lie next to my chair at the end of the row. She would
just sleep or whatever guide dogs do during an Advanced Macro Economics
Theory class. Holly was an exceptionally good dog. She was an
exceptionally quiet dog. In fact, I very, very rarely even heard her bark.
Oh, she would snore when she was sleeping, and sometimes in class, I would
have to nudge her with my foot to arouse her from that dream of catching
squirrels in the woods or whatever dogs dream about.
Dr. Plantz was lecturing, telling us about how the Gross National Product
was correlated with the movement of the prime interest rate or some such
theoretical construct when the bell rang, telling us that the class period
was over, and it was time to go to the next class, go graph a hotdog, or
whatever the students did when leaving Dr. Plantz's classroom. But, Dr.
Plantz just kept right on lecturing, drawing a graph on the chalkboard,
changing the prime rate from six to five percent, and showing how the GNP
would go up by some amount.
Then, it happened!! Holly got up and shook her harness as loudly as she
could as she looked directly at Dr. Plantz. She was tactfully, that is, as
tactfully as an 87 lb. long-haired, German Shepard could be, telling Dr.
Plantz that the class period was over, and it was time to go home and get
some doggie treats or maybe a hotdog from the student union. Dr. Plantz,
however, just kept on lecturing, ignoring the bell, and even worse,
ignoring Holly's tactful reminder to Dr. Plantz that the class was
officially over, at least, as far as she was concerned.
After a few seconds, Holly simply said: "Enough is enough, Dr. Plantz. I
have heard all the Advanced Macro Economic Theory that I can take for
today!" She started barking as loudly as she could, louder than I ever
heard her bard before or since! Dr. Plantz, literally, ran to the far side
of the room, and while frantically waving his arms, he yelled: "Class
We all filed out of the room and over into the elevator. My classmates
were all saying: "Good dog, Holly; Way to go, Holly; three cheers for
Holly." After that day, Dr. Plantz was mysteriously able to hear the bell
when it rang at the end of class!!
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