Mylo and the Devil-Box
Mylo is a character. He hates being outside, dances for his food every morning and night, and he plays with our cat ever-so-gently. He is a “good boy”, but has evil tendencies. He loves people, and expresses his love by shrieking in excitement for a choice few—namely our neighbor.
At a very young age, Mylo taught himself to watch TV. I have heard that not many dogs do this, and to the dog owners out there who have normal dogs, be grateful. Mylo has an uncanny ability to identify any and all animals on the TV. Even animals he has never seen; such as lizards, otters, bats, etc. When they appear on the screen in all their HD glory, Mylo feels the need to protect our home against them. He starts with a low grumble (usually from his favorite lazy spot beneath the coffee table). His face points towards the TV and his lips form an “O” as his grumbles become louder. If the “devil-box” is still showing an animal at this point, he will slink out from under the table and move closer to it. He will growl and look from the horrible projection to me. Almost as if he is saying, “Can’t you see what’s happening??? There are lions in our living room!!!” There have been a number of occasions where we have had to block him from attempting to “save us” by jumping into the screen.
We have learned to be on guard when we hear the music for an animal food commercial. We cannot watch shows with animals in them. We have learned that Mylo has waged a never-ending battle with the devil-box. He sees it as a sleeping enemy, coming to life in the evenings to taunt him. Posing a threat to our family, it lurks in the darkness, waiting, watching, smirking. Until the remote is retrieved, and it awakens. Bringing to life all of the terrors that reside within it. Mylo is our great protector. He believes that he is saving us from unspeakable terrors by “chasing away” the images in the devil-box.
I appreciate his dedication. I appreciate his need to protect his pack. But, the humor wore off about 2 years ago and I wish that he saw the TV as a TV and not a devil-box.