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.