Despite being home sick with the most miserable cold, Sadie wanted me to take her for a walk yesterday…so walked we did. It was a beautiful day…the sun was warm on my face…a slight breeze ruffled Sadie’s long hair and we both needed to be out in the fresh air.
Our subdivision is home to several dogs. We said hello to Chase, a basset hound who greeted us as we passed his house. We walked through the Paxton’s property…well they just sold it and are in sunny Florida, but we’ll always refer to it as the Paxton Property. Back out on the main road we started up the large hill that is always a challenge. At the top we were greeted by Cooper…a trim fit dog of who knows what breed and Arlo…a big Great Pyrenees who does not live in our subdivision.
Cooper often manages to get out of his invisible fence yard and tag along on walks with me and Sadie. He’s got such a cheerful disposition and challenges us to keep up with him. Arlo, however doesn’t live in our subdivision, but I think he gets lonely sometimes and comes across the creek and over the mountain from his house to see what’s happening in Seneca Hills. He has a sister Sooki who comes along sometimes, but yesterday she must have been taking a nap.
Arlo and Cooper immediately approached us and after greetings from both me and Sadie, they tagged along with us. On the way Back, Cooper’s family was out and he knew he was caught…out of the yard without permission and no collar. Gee…Cooper probably wasn’t going to get a treat now.
Sadie and I continued on our walk and Arlo came along. I looked at his tag and called the number for his owner. A lady answered and wasn’t surprised that he was there as he does like coming to visit in our subdivision, but she couldn’t get him until after work. What to do…Sadie is sorta a diva about being the only dog and was beginning not to appreciate big Arlo’s presence. He looked at me with those soft dark eyes and I felt it was time for Sadie to learn to share. I took Arlo home with us.
We all went through the gate and into our large fenced yard. I went into the house and brought a container out to fill with water for Arlo and a bag of treats just because. I called Arlo’s Mom back and said he would be at my house…not to worry…gave her directions…and said I’d see her after work.
Sadie went to one end of the deck to sulk. I tried to get her to pose with Arlo for a photo…wasn’t happening. I sat down with Arlo and soon saw you can learn a lot from any dog. Arlo is calm, not in a hurry, and so sweet. Sadie started to come closer. I petted Arlo and he liked having his head scratched. I have no idea how old he is…he was clean and well taken care of and being the dog “toofen” brushing Mom I am…I looked at his teeth which were also in good shape. Sadie came closer and was trying to get between me and Arlo and get her head on my leg.
Now we’ve all seen the society women and the not so proper “Real Housewives” doing the air kiss thousands of times or more during a one hour show. I never did understand people I hardly know trying to pretend to kiss me, but admit that I’ve reciprocated if the situation seemed to call for it. But what happened next was a new one for me. Arlo got up to walk to the water bowl, which Sadie interpreted as trying to get closer to me and thus the “air bite” was born. Sadie reached toward Arlo and she could have touched him if she wanted, but chose instead to do the “air bite.” Just a gesture toward the target…a quick snap of the teeth, and sigh. That’s all it takes. I laughed so hard I fell over backwards on the deck and both dogs came and walked on me.
Our afternoon with Arlo was soon over when his Mom came to get him. Who knows if Sadie might get away from me sometime and I’d hope
someone would hold her and call me. I was upset at first and worried that Arlo could get hit on the road, and his people should be more responsible, but that wasn’t what was needed…for him or for us. Dogs are pretty slick escape artists if they want to go somewhere and maybe Arlo just wanted an adventure yesterday. Maybe he wanted Sadie and me to see there can perhaps be room in our world for another dog and that everyone…dogs or people should always be welcome in your home.
We spent a sunny afternoon with a very wise dog who taught this person to slow down, don’t make judgments too quickly, do the next best thing, and oh…just ignore any “air- bites” that come your way.