Barking Up The Wrong Phone.

The other day when I came home my dogs were barking, but taking my shoes off would have to wait because our real dogs were barking and needed to go out. They usually bark when I come home; I like to think this is because they’re excited and happy I’m home. Several years ago my wife and I went to see a stage production of 101 Dalmatians that featured some real Dalmatians, and also some actors in Dalmatian costumes. Instead of barking the actors would yell “HEY! HEY! HEY!” and this is what I often think our dogs are saying when they’re barking, although they’re also quite capable of intelligent conversation, but that’s another story.

Anyway I had a dog on a leash in one hand and my phone in the other and decided to send my wife a text to let her know I was home safe and sound. And because I’m a little goofy, especially after a day at work, I asked my phone to send her the message, “I’m home with the barking bow wows.” And this is the preview message that popped up:

Obviously this was my fault. I’ve given my phone a British accent and occasionally this causes some confusion. For instance when I’m dictating a message I can’t end a sentence with “period” or it will spell out the word “period”. I have to say “full stop”. So I tried again.

Again, obviously my fault. I think I stumbled as I was talking. Third time’s a charm.

Powerhouse was a short-lived television show produced by PBS in 1982 about a plucky little community center and the diverse young people who frequent it. It also ran on Nickelodeon back in the network’s early days, and the cast included a very young pre-SNL Ana Gasteyer. ” I was not yet ready to give up.

No clue where this came from, although “Powerhouse” is also the name of an instrumental composition used in many Warner Brothers cartoons. None of this has anything to do with the message I was trying to send, but, hey, that was a nice little diversion. I was determined, though, that persistence would pay off.

It would have to do.

7 Comments

  1. Ann Koplow

    Word for word, this is the preview that came up on my phone:

    Thanks, Chris.

    Reply
    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I didn’t get a preview of that comment, but the final version made me very happy.

      Reply
    2. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I didn’t get a preview of that comment, but the final version made me very happy.

      Reply
  2. Arionis

    If you had barking bowels it’s a good thing you made it home before you “let the dogs out”. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That puts a whole new perspective on the question, “Who let the dogs out?”

      Reply
  3. mydangblog

    Well, I suppose it was accurate depending on WHY your dogs needed to go for a walk! Funnily enough, Titus rarely barks. He’s pretty handy with the snappy one-liners though, as we know.

    Reply
    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I always enjoy Titus’s snappy one-liners. Our dogs are pretty good at those too, when they’re not barking to be let out.

      Reply

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