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At some point in your life, you’ve probably witnessed someone walking or running into a screen or glass door. It happens fairly regularly, and not just when people are distracted by their phones.

When you’re little and don’t quite know how the world works yet, these obstacles in life offer uninvited lessons. Glass doors can give adults a hard time too, especially if the lighting isn’t good or the door is particularly clean.

Dogs are a lot like kids in that they don’t quite get the whole “see-through” door thing immediately. There’s definitely a learning process involved.

For some dogs, the lesson must have been pretty painful, as they are wary of any doorway, even when their owners try to coax them through.

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They don’t realize that if they can hear and get a nose or paw through the doorway, their invisible nemesis probably is not present. All they know is that they cannot trust these invisible force fields, and the results are pretty amusing.

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Of course, there are ways around the initial painful learning process. Window clings or etchings can help pups and people alike recognize when there’s a door present.

Despite taking precautionary measures, some dogs are just far too sure that unless they see a human open the door, then the door is still in place.

Akela is one of those dogs. A wonderful mix of all things dog, this mutt is very wary of doors.

He wandered the streets for at least a year in Arizona before his current owner took him home. There’s a very high chance that it was during this year of unknown whereabouts that he learned a very deep lesson about screen doors.

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While screen doors aren’t quite as see-through as glass, they’re just as deceptive in their own right: dogs can see and smell through them.

Akela does have his own struggles with glass, though, as evidenced by a separate post that shows him being “dog-shamed” for his accidentally destructive nature.


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“I broke the 7 foot tall mirror in the living room today,” his owner posted on his Instagram account on Nov. 8. “But in my defense, it was the 8 year olds fault. She’s the one who throws all the things for me. ??‍♂️”

Despite the error of his ways, Akela seems like he has found a wonderful family, and if his only hardship in life is telling whether a screen door is open or closed, he’s doing pretty well.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking