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!)