Every now and then, I meet a person who is “over enthusiastic” about everything. They are loud; talk incessantly (and seemingly without breathing); they gesticulate wildly; you may have just met them for the first time and yet they treat you like a long lost friend, and they have to touch your arm while explaining things. I really am not too sure how to handle those individuals and I probably show it in my face and general body language. I really don’t have a problem with it, and occasionally it can be refreshing, but those people are a puzzle!
When walking Ray the other evening, we were approached by a lady with Golden Retriever on a leash. I was pretty sure that Ray and the Golden had met before and everything was very amicable, so I had no concerns.
As the Golden got closer, it was clearly getting excited and started leaping up and down. It was interesting to watch because the jumps were pretty much vertical, and seeing a large Golden doing a series of vertical take-offs was fascinating!
While Ray was his usual Mr. Cool self as the gap between them closed, the Golden was simply getting more excited and was displaying very “springy” legs as he kept leaping around.
We were introduced to Sidney and Carol asked about his age (clearly full size but still a puppy). We were surprised to learn that he was in fact 12! While we were talking, Sidney was checking Ray out and jumping around while Ray maintained his self control and composure.
Both Carol and I had treats in our pockets so Sidney would bounce over to me and nudge my pocket and lick my hand, and then bounce over to Carol to see if she was any more giving, and in between he would be checking out Ray further. This continued for probably 5 minutes or more with Sidney constantly defying gravity; us trying to ensure that the leashes did not get tangled, and Ray being “Mr. Cool”!
Two aspects of this encounter caught my attention. One was the energy level of this 12 year old dog. He just seemed so excited to meet somebody… anybody… that he was totally out of control. The other aspect was Ray’s reaction. He just stood and watched, and looked a little perplexed.
That’s probably exactly how I look when I meet those individuals noted in the first paragraph!
On a totally different topic! I have read a few Posts recently where the summer weather has resulted in dogs being given ice cream. Be vary wary of this as artificial sweeteners are being used more and more in ice cream and, while they may not be as harmful as Xylitol, it could be very risky depending on how much they consume relative to their physical size. Ray is not given ice cream as we see it as a totally unnecessary risk to take.