Mother didn't want a dog in the first place. She was irate when Uncle Angus MacCorkadale brought Corky, a frisky ""Toonie"" pup -- a sort of shepherd miniature collie, for her children, Sue and Sam. But she was not half so cross as the Hunterbrook Improvement Association when the pup took to barking, then listening for his echo and barking back, ad infinitum. Uncle Angus found a solution. He contributed a pair of earmuffs he had worn as a boy in ""the Hee'lands"" to block the sound of Corky's cacophony. The dog wore them and thus muffled was a model citizen. Until Spring came. Then the scent of lambs, named Briggs and Stratton (after the family lawn mower), were added to the family menage, keeping Angus too busy tending to bark -- and the lawn cropped all summer long.