If this woman wants to play detective I will play detective myself. I’m going to clear my dog’s reputation. Agatha Christie once said that the best ideas for her novels used to come while washing dishes (Christie, 2012). I had come with the idea to set up my own investigation. For the next morning there had been already four missing door carpets, so the number of tenants of the house who had decided to “keep an eye” on Theophile were increasing. In my turn, I had decided to keep an eye suspiciously on dogs’ owners in our house.
I had excluded the possibility of thief coming from the street, because the entrance door of our house has an entry-phone. I had also excluded the possibility for a human to be a thief. Clearly, it was someone’s dog bad habit that somehow revealed itself concurrently as I moved in. But how could that happened? Dog doesn’t change its habits so easily. That was one thing I was sure Theophile not doing that. If there was such a bend in dog’s character owner would have noticed.
Another reason for Theophile not stealing carpets, of course, was me keeping the door to my apartment closed for the night. Though I consider Theophile to be a very clever dog, I can’t imagine him using keys to get out of the apartment and then get in again bearing a door carpet with him – quite a heavy thing for someone about his size. At last, I had concluded that the thief must be: a) A dog from our house, big enough to deal with the door carpet b) A dog from our house, whose owner leaves the door open at night c) A dog from our house, whose owner knows that his dog is guilty As all thefts were revealed in the morning, I presumed the crime-time would be or later night, or a very early in the morning.
When evening had come and all dogs’ owners were coming for a walk with their pets, I settled an observation point near the kitchen window from where a good view on the entrance door was opening. As dogs’ owners were exiting I was carefully comparing their dogs to my paragraph one.
Here appeared to be three dogs in the house big enough to make the door carpet theft: collie Loo owned by the nervous woman, the Great Dane owned by the boy and his father and the dark Belgian Shepherd owned by the granny. And these were people whose flats’ numbers I needed to know. As they had started to come back from the evening walk I stuck to the spy-hole in my door listening carefully. Luckily, I was living on the first floor, so both three supposed criminals would be passing by.
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