Thursday, September 20, 2007

Against Type

At the dog park last weekend there was a Golden Retriever who was growling and chasing off other dogs. The Golden Retriever owner's manual and marketing materials all clearly state that they are "friendly to a fault", but this guy was positively ornery. He wasn't so aggressive to set off my alarm bells, but I wasn't at all clear what his owner thought the dog was getting by being at the dog park.

After getting getting chased away a couple of times, Pappy took up station behind my legs. Let me repeat that... my dog... was hiding... behind... my legs. What's up with that? Pappy can't let some dog push him around, else he'll be bait for every bully on the playground. He just needed to give that goldie a shot in his fat goldie paunch to show him a thing or two. I'm just saying that Pappy needs to stop being a chicken learn to protect himself. Oh look at that, now I've made him cry.


Joe Stains said...

maybe he needs a boston terrier body guard??

Pappy's Fella said...

If one is good, two would be even better.

Gus said...

I am sending Teka by Express Mail to protect Pappy. If she can handle Travis, she can handle anything.

Watch for the package that wiggles

ps. this is a gift, you only have to keep it!

Pappy's Fella said...

Hmm. With 3Dog's offer of Chocolab Ellie, we are suddenly getting a full doghouse.

MJ's doghouse said...

never follow a manual..mine says i am a mean pit bull...but i would be probably hiding behind pappy...dogs are all different...poor pappy..wipe his tears for me and get him a cookie..

Stella and Annie said...

My girl Annie likes to pick a fight with the largest dog in view. Stella surveys the dog fight, and when I start to break it up, she joins in the fight, taking the side of the dog she wants to win favor with. Neither one of my dogs seems to ever want to hide behind my legs; they want to be in the middle of the action! You are lucky to have such a smart, well behaved dog like Pappy that knows when it's best to keep his distance from unbalanced pooches!

Pappy's Fella said...

In lieu of cookie, he got a little piece of steak. No more tears.

Stella and Annie,
This was a little uncharacteristic of Pappy. Whenever there is a dust up, he's generally on the fringes yelling "fight, fight, fight".