The Most Important Lesson for a Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

There are so many things for a puppy to learn in this great big world, but where to start? For Rhodesian Ridgebacks at least, the answer is easy. Which is why I didn’t waste time telling Zero the hard truth of his existence and the dire necessity of his work. Below is the transcript of Zero’s first day on the job.

 

WILL: Zero, do you have any  idea how many lion attacks there have been in Chicago since we moved here five years ago?

WILL: Zero.

ZERO: What?

WILL: No, I mean there have been zero attacks.

ZERO: I haven’t attacked anybody, I’m just a puppy!

WILL: …there have been NO attacks.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

ZERO: Got it, why didn’t you just say so?

WILL: And do you know why that is?

ZERO: No, but I suspect you’re going to tell me…

WILL: Let me tell you! It’s because brave Rhodesian Ridgebacks keep them at bay!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

ZERO: Whoa, you mean Ridgebacks like me?

WILL: Exactly. Without your service this city would undoubtedly be overrun with lions.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

ZERO: But what is a cute puppy like me supposed to do?

WILL: The short answer is pretty much you just need to act like Penny and everyone, lions and otherwise, will keep a move on to steer clear.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

ZERO: Act like Penny…are you sure?

WILL: With reservations….yes.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

ZERO: Well then, let’s have some fun!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, lion, zero, marking our territory

And thus this wild rumpus began. Zero bravely battled his first lion with a fierceness to make his big sister proud.

It’s not an easy job keeping the citizens of Chicago safe from lions, but luckily we have a new vigilante ready for the task.

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