Quite often these evasive techniques included elaborate structural work such as The Tim Tam Tower that lured most of the neighbourhood dogs up a ladder and into Whitmores brothers second storey room just after midnight on a cold November night.
After consuming the biscuits and realising none of them knew how to climb down a ladder, not even Shaven McManus the very agile and muscular white poodle and national 500m hurdles champion from number 10, things started to get interesting.
A certain canine sense of panic set in. The thirty five or so dogs caused such a ruckus the whole family and most of the neighbourhood were occupied for a good three hours in the house and then another two outside trying to locate and send home the panicked dogs who were by now on a giant sugar rush leaping in and out of the lower ground windows and pretending to be cats trying to climb the rhododendron bushes.
Unfortunately for the Goldsmiths, Fluffy the one year old Doberman Pincer owned by old Mrs Teabody on Thriftin Street, discovered the giant iced chocolate mud cake that the local soccer team had asked them to store that night in preparation for the annual ” Soccor Specktacular” club fundraiser in association with the local optometrists shop, Speckle Specks, and promptly ate the whole thing.
Needless to say, another few hours were taken up with over 20 people trying to convince the wide eyed, manic Fluffy to come down off the roof and that no, he was not an African Finch and it was not migration season.
Excerpt from Maggie Goldsmith and the Book of Tunnels by R A Haupt 2018