One of the things that I've always liked about Lagniappe is that he discriminates when deciding who or what to bark at. In particular, vehicles on the roadway are not barked at, while ones that approach the driveway always are. The exception is that he has come to recognize UPS and Fed-Ex trucks and he alerts me to those every time that they stop in the street, which they typically do since they have trouble negotiating my driveway. He has a distinct "someone's here!" bark and so far I have enjoyed knowing that the delivery trucks have arrived with goodies long before the driver is even out of the truck much less up on the deck. And Lagniappe has come to expect a cookie every time that he correctly alerts me. Such is the wages of being a good dog, and that's why, I suspect, that he sits on the deck all day, maintaining his constant vigil.
However things are now messed up. My neighbor across the street is now working from home, and her job entails her getting deliveries and/or pick-ups from UPS and Fed-Ex almost every day now. And Lagniappe is now alerting to the trucks stopping in the roadway at HER house (right across the street from mine), needlessly drawing me to the door as much as twice a day now. And of course he's demanding a cookie every time and acting like an ass when I don't give him one.
Something's got to give, here. I'm thinking that I need to get my neighbor to become a commuter again.