On a typical evening here, I go to bed before Carol.
Just recently, as I have gone over to Carol to give her a goodnight kiss, Ray has rushed over seemingly to intervene. He has not succeeded to date however there was an element of concern with his intentions because he is so closely attached to her.
Given my history of being bitten by Sabre*, and having experienced Ray a few times when he was not “at his best”, (a huge understatement, but stories for another time), I was rather concerned and therefore proceeded with caution. I (standing) would bend over to kiss Carol (who was sitting) and hold that position until Ray joined us and seemed settled. The kiss could then be completed.
Over the past few days, his interest has expanded to include pretty much any show of affection and, when a 75lb dog is apparently homing in on me (and clearly on a mission) my immediate reaction is to “wait and see” before I do anything that I might regret.
The question would appear to be: Does he want to be a part of the display of affection, or is he in a definitive “protect Carol” mode? We know only too well that he can badly misread body language with disastrous results (more stories for another time) so caution would seem rather prudent.
While I am always in bed before Carol, I am also always up before her. As noted recently**, that gives me a few undisturbed hours to get some computer work done downstairs, after which I come upstairs to catch up with Blogging world!
This morning I was sitting on the edge of my bed working on my laptop when Carol came in and went to give me a good morning kiss, but a flying Ray kind of spoiled the moment. We managed a quick kiss while he was between us but then he pushed Carol’s face away from me and proceeded to groom her with his teeth.
While he was quite boisterous, he was not threatening and so we decided to hug and see what he did. Ray again pushed himself between us, but this time he pushed my face away and started grooming me. I am not totally convinced that he is happy so caution will prevail for a time, but it is really starting to look as if he simply wants to be included in any show of affection. No doubt there will be a follow-up Post as we try different scenarios and watch his reactions!
In my history of 5 cats, 3 rabbits and 2 kids, I have never experienced such behavior before! A dog, or at least this dog, is very different!
*See “About Me”
**See “Toast Anybody?” – June 22, 2015