(Maggie bounds up the steps, and runs into the living room)
Maggie – Hey ya’ Moxie!
Moxie – (looks up from couch) Hey
Maggie – You’ll never guess where I was!
Moxie – Where?
Maggie – The peoples took me to that doggy place again, with all the cool smells!
Moxie – You mean the vet?
Maggie – No! That other place. The one where you get to play games.
Moxie – It’s called obedience class.
Maggie – Yeah, Obeed-ea something! It’s fun!
Moxie – You big goofus, they are trying to train you to do what they want.
Maggie – Uh-uh, we play games.
Moxie – Oh yeah, what kind of games?
Maggie – You know the one where they put us on a leash, and say “heel” and we have to walk beside them. Then they say “Whoa” and we stop. Then they scratch us behind the ears and talk in that silly voice.
Moxie – (sigh…)
Maggie – I got second place!
Moxie – oh yeah?
Maggie – Yeah, they gave me a ribbon and everything.
Moxie – Did you eat it?
Maggie – No, the peoples took it away and hung it on the fridge.
Moxie – I thought for sure you’d eat it…
Maggie – I hope we get to go back and play again.
Moxie – …because you pretty much eat everything.
Maggie – I know I can beat that Cocker Spaniel.
Moxie – Don’t you get it?
Maggie – Get what?
Moxie – It’s not a game, dummy, they are just trying to trick you into doing what they want.
Maggie – What do you mean?
Moxie – That “heel” game? That’s so you walk next to them on your walks, and stop chasing sqwerlz.
Maggie – No…
Moxie – and that “Stay” game is to get you to stop jumping up on peoples when they come visit.
Maggie – Get out!
Moxie – My god, you can be so thick at times.
Maggie – I can’t believe the peoples would be so sneaky.
Moxie – Listen kid, this ain’t the swamp. Peoples can be very tricky. They’re almost as smart as dogs.
Maggie – Is that why they know how to open the doors?
Moxie – Look, if you want to be a slave to the oppressors, you just go on sitting, and heeling, and begging for your treats, just leave me out of it.
Maggie – What are you going to do?
Moxie – I’m just biding my time, eating their food, and sleeping in their bed, but someday I’m gonna run this place.
Maggie – Oh…
Moxie – and when I’m in charge, it’ll be the peoples that have to whine in front of the fridge to be fed. But us dogs will be able to eat out of the dog food bin any time we want.
Maggie – (*thinking*)
Moxie – What? What’s that look for?
Maggie – When you’re in charge, can we go back to the doggy place and play some more games?
Moxie – I give up.