You’ve heard of stupid dog tricks, right? Like the meditating pooch above. Well, there are also stupid synchro tricks, it seems. I had one happen to me recently. I glanced at a headline that said something about a microwave oven and a dog. The article was by a regular columnist in our daily paper. After reading the first paragraph, it occurred to me that I could’ve had the same thing happen to me.
It began with an ad from the Royal Palm Beach (FL) online Craigslist:
I need a Microwave, so will trade a Chihauhua mix puppy for one. Must be working and not too old!!
Trading a puppy for a microwave? The columnist thought this was unusual, but when he investigated, he found out that the practice isn’t unusual. He noted that someone had recently traded a pet for patio work and that Craigslist was the place to trade your pet for household goods.
Did we try this trick? NO. But here’s the stupid synchro trick. Our twice-a-month housekeeper asked me the other day if I was interested in another dog. Her boyfriend, who has moved in with her, has a little dog that doesn’t get along with her dog. I said no thanks. We’re fine with Noah and occasionally with Nika joining us. But no more dogs.
Later, as she was working, she mentioned her college-aged daughter needed a microwave oven for her apartment. So she was going to look for a used one. As it turned out, we had Megan’s old microwave from college sitting out in the garage and in perfect condition. I told Nuvia that it was hers, and she didn’t even have to give me that dog for it!
So when I saw this headline a couple of days later: ‘Bowwow! Local pet-for-product swaps trendy,’ it caught my attention as a stupid synchro, a harmless trickster trick.