Ernie is waiting. He is usually waiting for something. Today he is waiting for the rain to stop so he can go out and be happier when he goes for his walk. Ernie hates the rain. He’s also waiting for Ralphy to stop running around the house like a maniac this morning getting into all sorts of trouble and for Mom to stop yelling, “Ralphy!! No!! Naughty!!” All the yelling upsets his peace. Ernie likes peace and quiet, but Ralphy seems determined to get into tons of trouble this morning. So Ernie goes on waiting. He might even be waiting for a cookie, but he’ll have a long wait because he won’t get a cookie until tonight. Now he’s fighting with Ralphy over who is getting to the food dish first. He doesn’t have to wait for that because he is the alpha dog. It’s good to be the alpha dog. But even alpha dogs have to wait for some things.