It’s hard on them too

I mentioned yesterday about a beautiful sable and white German Shepherd that passes our house on a regular basis with her owner. She has the most wonderful temperament and  now she’s got to know us, likes some fuss.

One of the things I’m missing with the social distancing is not being able to fuss the dogs I have come to know. Some of them would wag their entire body in their excitement on their approach, others would simply present themselves at my feet (or actually sit on them), and recently a smaller one new to the block would bounce on her hind legs pawing the air. Hers was a sad story of living in a cage for the first year or so of her life, not mixing with human beings or being handled and loved or going outside. She was so excited being able to explore this new world, and now I have to talk to her from across the street.

Maggie sulks because she’s not being taken for so many walks during the day, though these past couple of days she seems to have resigned herself to the idea and snoozes the day away. When we do go out, we allow her to set the pace and sniff to her heart’s content, though sometimes she pushes the point and a two second sniff stretches to two minutes, per blade of grass!
Maggie is usually twitchy around other dogs or anyone who approaches her on her blind side these days anyway, so we have added ANXIOUS to her Deaf jacket. She does have a select few she rewards with a sniff, and she still mugs the postman for biscuits if she sees him. We take her out on an extending lead now as it gives her a certain freedom to walk ahead as she would off lead, but with her failing eyesight, we can keep her safe and still keep our distance from other people.

Talking with another dog owner, we agreed that our pets don’t understand what’s going on and why the abundance of head and tummy rubs has suddenly stopped. I greet the dogs with the usual Hello Sweetie or Sweetheart and hope they realise they’ve done nothing wrong to warrant this change in human behaviour.
Poor furbabies. They must be so confused.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to It’s hard on them too

  1. murisopsis says:

    I’m glad we no longer have a dog as it would have been torture for him not to greet his “regulars” on his walks. There were several older neighbors that had biscuits for him when he would pass by. It never failed to make him giddy with excitement when he would see them….

  2. Sadje says:

    The new norms are puzzling to the pets.

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    It’s so true. Dogs are so affectionate. This must be very hard on them.

  4. PaperKutzs says:

    Dogs are so sweet and smart. Of course, there is no way to explain these safety measures, even sometimes overacting Measures.

    They are great at telling if someone is good or no so good, I have total faith is their consensus of a person. Some would say this is naive, but these are probably people a dog would not like.

    • I always think dogs know a doggy person. It doesn’t worry me about size if one wants some fuss, as I love them all. I did have that GSD fix this morning though, she ambled up the drive and I lost my hands in her thick coat.

  5. willowdot21 says:

    It’s so difficult isn’t , so glad we don’t have bouncy young pup! 💜🌈

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