Yesterday was my return home and, not having seen Ray for two weeks, I was curious about the reception that he might give me!
Typically, after being away for a few hours, he will vocalize his displeasure quite decisively before jumping up and/or just making contact by hitting with his head!
As I approached our front door, I could clearly hear Ray and it was a rather different sound to what he would normally give when a stranger came to the door so perhaps he knew it was me. When I opened the door, he was clearly excited and seemed confused as to whether to charge out onto the porch or let me in!
In the back of my mind was the fact that Ray can get a little mouthy/nippy when excited. Given that we have also seem him jump up under similar circumstances, one has to be ready to deflect an almost airborne 78lbs of canine affection. This whole entry scenario was therefore one to be monitored carefully!
What happened was quite surprising!
Once I was inside, Ray was clearly excited and ran around, nudging me periodically with his head. He seemed to be quite controlled so I sat on the floor and called him with the intention of giving him a rough massage along his body. Ray had other plans and almost pushed me over with his nose just before he licked my face! This ritual was repeated a few times before he settled down seemingly very happy that the “gang” was back together again!
These kinds of events always make me think back to March 2013 when we first met him, and noted that he was uncomfortable around people and did not want any physical contact. He has changed!
Carol had her camera ready to record the events so, hopefully tomorrow, I will have some pics to Post!