Ray… Friend or…?

Ray is a really interesting character in many ways. He originally had a strong distrust of everybody, and went through a lunge and bark routine to make them go away. Having been on the receiving end of that display of “unrest”, I can attest to its efficiency!

He has clearly come a long way since then, and is generally “Mr Sociable” when we are out. Even people who show no interest in him often get some friendly attention. He has been known to nudge pockets of strangers with his nose, just as he has been known to thrust his face into some unsuspecting lady’s handbag! The common denominator is probably a strong scent of something potentially edible in there!

One of his problems, and one which he can do little about, are his looks! People know he is a German Shepherd… and yet? It is his soft face lines and floppy ears which not only cast doubt about his parentage, but also create a “cuddly teddy” image. His long back legs also make people question his background. Put that together with his big brown eyes, and you have an 80lbs delight, or problem, depending on your perspective.

Below is the Ray that draws loads of smiles and positive attention:

He will quite happily lay there, on the front porch, and watch the world go by (or supervise us working in the garden)!

When we had him tethered to a shrub the other day, in our front garden and near the sidewalk, he also looked very cute and cuddly but… (that’s the story for tomorrow!)

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    • Hi Ms Z. Welcome to my Blog, and I am pleased that you enjoyed the Post. As is usual for me with new Commenters, I visited your Blog and loved your story of the desert adventure and the experience with the horse. I am now a Follower, and look forward to other Posts from you. When we adopted Ray, it was a bit of a joke around here (and at the Humane Society) in that he had in fact adopted me! The full story is in a book that I wrote, covering my first 18 months of living with him, entitled “Who Said I was up for Adoption?” More details about the book are within my Blog. Again, thanks for reading and commenting. Looking forward to hearing from you again. πŸ™‚

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  1. A teddy bear is a good description for that picture!
    I am assuming though that he wasn’t exactly acting like a teddy bear yesterday. Though all I have to go on is ,”but”……..
    Waiting for tomorrow…”patiently” of course!

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