There were always more than the usual number of dogs in the area where Pa lives, but over time they got together into groups, as dogs will do, and the situation became intolerable. After many days of frustration, Ma at last persuaded Pa to seek advice. Exhausted, he dragged himself into the doctor's office.
"Doc," said he, "There are dogs all over at my place. They bark all day and all night, and I can't get a bit of sleep."
"I have good news for you," the doctor said as he reached into a drawer full of samples. "Here are some new sleeping pills that work like a dream. A few of these and your troubles will be over."
"That's fine," Pa answered, "I'll try anything. I'm desperate."
Not long after this Ma took it upon herself to pay another call on the doctor.
"Doc," said she, "Your plan ain't no good. Pa is more tired than he ever was before."
"I don't understand Ma," mused the doctor. "Those are the strongest sleeping pills made ..."
"That may be true," she replied, "But after chasing them dogs all night, even when he does catch one he can't get 'em to swallow the pill ..."