The last two Posts covered Ray’s behavior while Carol and I were doing some gardening. I am not totally convinced whether his role was protector (watching out for us), or guard (making sure we didn’t escape), or supervisor (ensuring that his garden was not ruined). I would tend to lean towards the first two!
While we were working away in the front garden, and Ray was tethered to a shrub, an elderly lady with a slight gait issue came down the sidewalk. She was approaching Ray from what would be his blind side but, fortunately, Carol noticed and coaxed him out on to the sidewalk. Each of them could then see the other and so no surprises! All went well.
Probably about an hour later, the same lady was coming back, but this time she would be in full view of Ray. For some reason, when she got close to us, she obviously decided to walk down the side of the road. It was probably because of the amount of grass and soil that were piled up on the sidewalk at that time.
I was busy and did not see her coming… but Ray did! He suddenly decided that the lady was too close and decided to go through his lunge and bark routine. Given that he was still tethered, he was severely restricted and did not present much of a physical threat, but his voice was loud! The lady was clearly caught a little by surprise, but did not seem unduly concerned.
It is interesting when you look at the pics in the last two Posts just how chilled he is and, some may believe, how cuddly and friendly he looks. Do not be deceived! It is always good to remember that while both German Shepherds and Rottweilers are apparently extremely loving and loyal breeds, they are very suspicious of people they don’t know and it takes time for them to accept another person… especially when on their perceived territory. Ray is a mix of both of those breeds!