We recently had new neighbors move in just across the road, and with them came two small dogs (probably Jack Russell terriers)!
We were a little concerned at first because those two “guys” would escape out the front door whenever it was opened, and run out to the sidewalk. They were also quite vocal, although it did seem to be an excited “chorus”.
It was not uncommon for them to escape, just as people were walking by, with some degree of confusion as a result. We could see examples of people enjoying the apparent attention, but we also saw a few people step back as these two little barking dogs approached. It did seem to be an example of rather careless (or thoughtless) dog ownership, and we were also concerned that they might run out into the road which would likely be tragic..
Within a week or two, the matter seemed to getting under control and while the dogs would still run out, one of the owners would also be out and obviously had good control of the situation as the dogs were clearly trained to respond to commands. We also soon discovered that their vocal presentation was indeed simply excitement, and they were both very friendly dogs. I was still a little concerned about their off-leash moments because, as friendly as they clearly were, not everybody who walked by was going to know that!
Today we were out walking Ray and, on the way back home, we were on the “new neighbors” side of the road. As we approached their home, we noticed that they were out and so stopped to chat. No sooner had we stopped when the two dogs came running across the front garden and down the driveway and heading directly for Ray!
Ray has been very good with approaching dogs for some time now, but I watched him anyway as these two approached him rather speedily… and noisily! He simply stood still and looked down at them seemingly most unconcerned. Who could not love Ray!
One of the dogs then suddenly turned and dashed back through the front door and into its home, reappearing moments later with a stuffed and very ragged toy! It then proceeded to go right up to Ray and drop the toy in front of him. It seemed to be a pretty obvious gesture of friendship, but they did not know of course that Ray rarely plays with toys! He (Ray) looked at it, and turned his head for a treat! I contemplated trying to coax perhaps a game of “tug” but he rarely does that even in his own garden and so, as his disinterest was clear, I did not pursue the idea.. He just decided to relax on the sidewalk with his front legs crossed and just chill, probably listening to us talking, and no doubt watching all the movements around him.
He is one very aloof dog. Aristocratic background obviously!