A couple of weeks ago, on a sunny Saturday, we went to the dog park on Charleston’s East End for the first time.
Doggie, Kid and I enjoyed the warmth, the fresh air and the companionship. But something weird happened to Doggie.
He started to drool. Great big streams of doggie drool.
This is not his typical behavior.
He is a barker. And a burrower. And a beggar.
But he is not a drooler.
At first I worried that this was the result of something he’d gotten in his mouth. Earlier, we had been to Coonskin Park, where we walked around the pond. At one point — or maybe two or three — Doggie tried to taste test some, uh, goose byproduct. Could this cause excessive drooling?
We tried to give him some a bowl of water, but he ignored it. The water was quickly lapped up by somebody else’s dog.
His drooling seemed socially inappropriate so I made pointed comments that could be overheard by the other people who were there with their dogs. “Boy, he doesn’t normally drool like THAT.” “Well, I’m sure that’s not rabies because he’s up to date on his shots.”
Once we got home, it was time to go to Google for the answer. Search terms: “dog excessive drooling.”
Turns out that’s a question a lot of people have asked.
And then this one that seemed to hit my topic right on, “Dog drools when I take her to the dog park?“
After reading a few samples, I felt confident enough to be an amateur veterinarian/doggie psychologist.
Plus, I could rule out eating a toad. I definitely did not believe my dog had eaten a toad.
He was hypersalivating because he was hypernervous.
My dog had been the smallest at the park. As a terrier, he has a kind of Napoleonic complex anyway.
When we got there, he was surrounded by big friendly dogs. They sniffed him. He looked up at them and sniffed them back.
The entire experience had made him excited and nervous. So excited and nervous that he drooled like Niagara Falls.
Has this ever happened to you? Were you worried that your dog had swallowed a toad?