When something is amiss outside, day or night,
no matter where she is or what she's doing, Smooch is instantly aware.
I'm not sure how she does it, but I'm guessing her nose knows.
She can go from the sleep of the dead to the nearest window
in a split second, alerting me with her five-alarm bark
to grab the camera and follow her. And she never lies.
Yesterday she let me know a bobcat was in the driveway.
It may be the same one who visited in November.
I've studied the pictures side by side and the markings seem the same,
but what do I know from bobcats?
I do know that everybody around here heeds Smooch's danger warnings,
and we all stay safe because of her.