This is back in about 1972, I was almost 15. Adelaide in South Australia is a city of around 800,000 people. Was a nice place to grow up in. Calm
place, very safe most of the time.
So on a Saturday afternoon I am out with Thor running around an empty TAFE college. They taught mainly trade skills during the week. Great place to
run the Dog off lead. It was spread out with 3 buildings on three levels. I would throw a tennis ball off the top floor, dog would run down three
flights of stairs (good exercise for him) find and retrieve the ball and then he would have to find me because I would be hiding somewhere.
Great way to spend 3 hours or so. So on this afternoon, I throw the ball, Thor runs off to find it and I run in the opposite direction ..... straight
into a security guard. They were having some problems with some idiot spray painting tags all over the place.
The Guard says, "Gotch ya."
I replied, "Got who or what?"
He says, "What are you doing here?"
I said, "Running around with my dog, why?"
So he makes this over dramatic look to his left, then his right and asks, "Is it invisible."
Now when I look past this guy and down to the lawn area, Thor has noticed, dropped the ball, pricks up his ears and switches to what I used to call
his hunting mode. He became very serious as he started to make his way towards us. Ever seen a wolf hunting?
So the Guard takes out his radio and radios for the Police saying he has caught the spray painter. Then he takes out his batten and starts to get all
macho, whacking it into his other hand.
He says, "Don't run or you will get this!"
Very quietly, Thor comes up behind him and noticed my hand signal, so he sat and waited, being very quiet. Why the Guard did not hear the minor
panting I will never know.
So the Guard says, "The Police will be very interested in your invisible doggy. It really is a stupid excuse."
I started to chuckle and it just got worse as we waited and he continued to talk about my invisible doggy.
The Guard didn't like this much and seemed to get a little angrier as the time passed. The angrier he got, the more I was chuckling. All the time,
thwack, thwack went his batten.
About 5 minutes later there are two sets of feet coming up the stair well. I still had my hand at my side, with my palm flat to keep Thor sitting
Two Police, one male and one female came around the corner. The stupid Guard is still going thwack, thwack and I am still smiling.
I said, "Hi Officers. Could you please ask this idiot to stop being so stupid with his Batten. My dog is going to rip him to pieces in a minute. It
would only take one wrong move. Is this idiot supposed to be trying to frighten 14 year olds with that thing?
Before they could say anything the Guard yells, "Would stop with this effing invisible dog crap. You're running around here! There is no effing
I started laughing again!
The Policeman, big guy, said, "Drop the batten, do it now!" The Guard says, "Why should I, he could have been dangerous!" The Policeman yells, "Drop
the bloody thing."
Now there are raised voices and Thor is no longer sitting.
I looked at the Policeman and asked, "May I?" He answers, "Sure, why not."
I said, "Thor! Full warn!"
From behind the Guard come these intense savage growls. He turned around, saw Thor advancing, teeth bared. He dropped his batten and peed his
I gave Thor the hand signal for sit and he did so. The Policeman walked up to the Guard and put cuffs on him saying, "Threatening children with a
batten is a big no no. Your may need a new career." He took him away.
I unwrapped Thor's lead from around my waist and locked it on to his collar while giving him a lot of praise. The Policewoman checked my hands (I
imagine for spray paint) took my details and then took a statement from me.
It wasn't much but when she asked, "Were you scared?" I chuckled and said, "No, it was quite funny, Thor sitting behind him while he was going on
about invisible doggies and what a pathetic excuse it was. The only fear at all was what would have happened to him had he raised that batten!"
Never heard another thing about it. Ran into the occasional Guard now and again and they seemed to know me. They certainly knew Thor, even by
I wonder how that would play out in today's world.
edit on 27/10/2014 by pheonix358 because: (no reason given)