Aafreen Mahmood

Is it really worth it to trick those you love?

Last night, my sister wanted to see what Milo would do if a man attacked her. So she and her boyfriend acted as if she was the victim and her boyfriend was the perpetrator. What did Milo do? He barked from a safe distance, wagging his tail.

He knew it wasn’t a real attack, and so he just played along, too. Maybe it’s because over the years we’ve played too many tricks on him. When he was a puppy, he’d run to my sister and me in a heart beat when he heard one of us screaming. Now he either moseys on over or doesn’t come at all. It’s like the boy who cried wolf—Milo doesn’t believe us anymore. But I am sure if there was a real emergency he’d be able to sense it. 

I can’t say the same for people though. We don’t have the ability to sense fear, sadness, or trouble like dogs do. Milo doesn’t come when I’m in another room pretending like I’m in trouble because it’s all a nuisance for him. People, too, get tired of getting pranked. 
There are times when it’s appropriate to joke around, but there are some things that shouldn’t be joked about at all.
A few weeks ago, my family heard a mysterious knocking noise in our house. We didn’t know who or where it came from. We thought someone was in our house. Milo was barking like he was trying to warn us that there was danger; he was protecting us. In the end, it turned out my aunt was knocking on our door, but left without a word.
People may not know where the fine line between what is and isn’t a trick, but a dog does. They truly are a man’s best friend.