escape; but stand me on the floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of the circle? No. Never! I'd die first!"
Here's Nugget's version:
Despite Nugget being a very small dog, he adores being outside. The only problem is that we live in Portland and the 9-month rainy season provides a guarantee that little Nugget will find a way to soak up mud to his armpits whenever he goes out. So whenever he comes in, family policy requires him to sit on the mat inside the door and get cleaned up. He knows that he’s not allowed to leave the mat until we give him the okay.
Nugget usually eats outside, but this morning, since he was inside, I brought his bowl in and set it on the mat. He strolled over and started chowing down and I started doing stuff on the computer. An hour later, I realize that I hadn’t heard Nugget for a while. Apparently, after he had finished his breakfast, he found himself on the mat and decided he had better stay there until I gave him permission to leave. How cute is that?