Abby and Bridget are the best of friends but at times their attitudes can resemble high school “mean girls”.
Just last weekend, a beautiful Portuguese Water Dog came over to say “Hi”. Abby’s tail was just a waggin’. They sniffed each others faces and Abby seemed to really like this newcomer. As the dog turned to sniff Bonnie, Abby took the opportunity to sniff his bum. Just a little “hello”. But Abby had other things on her mind. She jumped up and pulled the poor dogs tail right from the base. The poor dog yelped so loud. Everyone was so surprised and I was so embarrassed. The owners were nice and said “It’s okay”. But I just wanted to crawl into the nearest hole. I turned to discipline Abby and I could tell she was really sorry. NOT! There she was kicking up the dirt and strutting around like she won some kind of contest. From that point on, I started to look for the warning signs. That fake wagging tail would not fool me again.
Bridget has also had some “mean girl” moments but it only seemed to be with Boston Terriers. When I first got Abby, I would see Ann and Bridget at the park and we would occasionally stop for a Scottish Terrier chat. During one of our conversations, Bridget was playing with her ball. The ball was a magnet to a bold, little Boston Terrier. The Boston Terrier stood in front of Bridget and barked and barked and kept on barking right in Bridget’s face. Bridget kept her head down but her eyes were focussed on the Boston. You could see she was getting fed up.
Just at that point Ann realized that Bridget was getting a little too annoyed and went to pick up the ball. But just in the seconds before she could get there, Bridget charged right into the Boston Terrier. Well, it was like watching two terriers in a spin cycle. These dogs were just going at it. Ann was trying to grab Bridget and I was trying to grab the Boston which I ended up pulling up like a bass in a fishing tournament. Finally, we got both dogs under control. No injuries but Bridget was giving him the eye letting him know that she was not to be messed with. Peace returned once again to the park until a couple days later when wouldn’t you know it – another Boston Terrier decided to go after Bridget’s ball.
This one charged right over to get the ball. Bridget was having none of it and they were off. Again, Ann and I struggled to get them apart. Ann finally was able to pull up the Boston Terrier out of Bridget’s reach. Unfortunately, Bridget had a hold of its back leg like it was a drumstick. Again, no injuries just a lot of noise and excitement. The response of the Boston’s owner got us laughing as he was concerned about Bridget being beaten up by his dog. Little did he know…..
Anyway, the girls are settling down and all of us in the Terrier Pack Walking Group are much more aware of what sets the pups off. As soon as we see something that could cause a problem, one of us yells the cue: “Running dog”, “New Puppy”, “Bouncy Lab”, “Dog in Flapping Coat”…. Somedays, the list can be endless.