Divot was a Norwich Terrier, the smallest of the working terriers. Eleven inches at the shoulder, she never even considered the possibility that she might not be the toughest dog on the block.


Her biggest problem in her long life, was that people didn’t take her seriously. She would bark ferociously at the UPS and FedEx guys, but rather than quaking with fear, they would smile at her and dig a biscuit out of a pocket.

Finally, we had a private conversation with the UPS guy who was obviously a dog-lover.

“Please,” I asked him, “Act scared when she barks. She wants to be fierce. It’s not her fault that she’s small, furry, and cute.”

And so, from thence forward, he would quake with fear when Divot barked. In return, she would lick him ferociously.

Divot was fierce. Absolutely terrifying. Just ask the UPS guy.


15 thoughts on “SMALL, FURRY, AND FIERCE

  1. angloswiss August 31, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    You are perfect in canine psychology. I am sure she was the happiest most ferocious dog on the block afterwards.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 31, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      You could pretty much see her grinning. Her fondest wish was FINALLY fulfilled. Someone had been scared. She’d done it! She was a great little dog. Really a champion in ever way.

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      • Garry Armstrong August 31, 2016 / 12:45 pm

        Divot was a sweetheart. My girl! The photo of Divot, young Kaity and me is precious.

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    • Garry Armstrong August 31, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      Judy, Divot was a one of a kind furry princess. Even my Mom, in her not-so-nice final years, took a shine to Divot.

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  2. swo8 August 31, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I love those stories, Marilyn.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 31, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Divot was our first dog and Garry never quite got over her passing. She lived a long time, though. 15 years.

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      • swo8 August 31, 2016 / 10:51 pm

        Our younger son just lost his Golden Retriever ( a lovely animal) of some 12 years or so. It is hard when they pass on.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 31, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you. It was really cute when it happened. She so badly wanted someone to be scared of her 🙂

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  3. dogtreatsmart October 17, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    She wants to be fierce. 🙂 Thanks for your story.

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  4. thepupinapartment3 November 10, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    So cute! Shared on my blog.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 10, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Divot was a great pup. I’m sure she’s barking a thank you from beyond the bridge.


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