A few days ago at our afternoon outing at the dog park, Gracie and I met up with several of the regulars whom we see there. As usual, Jade who is a thirty-five pound mixed breed rescue dog saw me and came over, jumped up on her hind legs, resting her front paws on my knees and I bent down so that she might administer the obligatory and enthusiastic face-licking.
She and Gracie get along well – but I wouldn’t describe them as pals. Their common bond is me and I think that Jade must have heard the expression, “The friend of a friend is my friend.”
As it turned out that particular outing, a new dog was introduced into the mix. He was a puppy about ten months old and was very exuberant in his wanting to play. Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet acquired the social grace of understanding the difference between “play” and “aggressive play”. For whatever reason he decided that Gracie was the apple of his eye and he was going to “play” with her – whether she wanted to or not.
At first, Gracie was content simply eluding him as she could easily outrun him. Being the lady that she is, she thought that should be sufficient to let this puppy know she really had no interest in playing with him. The newcomer was not in the least deterred and would come up to her and grab hold of her lengthy head hair and pull down on this. She was patient with him – but she was clearly annoyed by this behavior.
She came over and lay down next to me as I sat on the grass. The intruder was not put off by this but continued to pull at the hair on her ears – doing so hard enough to cause her to yelp. At that point I loosened his teeth from her ear and shooed him away. But he returned and continued to bite at Gracie’s leg.
Then our mutual friend, Jade began observing the goings-on. When the puppy again attacked Gracie she got in the act. She ran over to the puppy who was fifty percent heavier than she and got right in his face and began barking furiously at him to stop. She was defending the friend of her friend from further attack.
The puppy, with my encouragement, finally released his grip and wandered off. Gracie looked at me gratefully – and Jade came up to me for a second face licking and I gave her a big hug for her devotion to the both of us.
This led me to think of this week’s (Not Yet) Famous Quote:
“We humans could learn a great deal about fidelity and friendship by observing the actions of our companion dogs.”
- How to Entertain Your Dog (juwannadoright.wordpress.com)