Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Dog I Can Trust.

So I'm down in my workshop making some ammunition. As usual, Belle is down there with me, because I can't be anywhere in the house without this furry second shadow following me everywhere. (Murphy used to be like this, but these days he'd rather by laying in front of the stove upstairs.)

Suddenly Belle starts making her "I have to puke" noise. Aw, damn. I do NOT want to clean up dog puke. So I figure it's time to gamble on Belle and see if she's as trustworthy as I think she is. I quickly take her over to the shop door and call her out onto the driveway, hoping that she'll toss whatever and come back in when I summon her. She's been good out behind the house when she's burrowed out of the dog pen, but this time we're out front of the house in broad daylight. This'll be the acid test.

But just my luck, as soon as Belle goes out and hurls, one of the crazy cat neighbor's countless feral cats shoots out from under my carport and runs right in front of Belle. Belle, being a German Shepherd, is off after it in a flash, leaving me n the driveway thinking "Sonofa..."

Reflexively I call her name out as she departs my yard into the hedge between my property and the crazy cat neighbor's place. I know that it's futile, as neither Murphy nor Lagniappe before him would ever have terminated a cat pursuit in progress, but Belle slammed on the brakes instantly and came right back to me, letting the cat go where ever it is that feral cats go in that cat abyss next door. Then Belle walked right back to me and sat down in the snow next to me as if it was her natural place. Wow. Any one of my three past male Shepherds would still be chasing cats around the neighbor's place as I write this, returning only when tired or hungry. But Belle? My Miss Belle? Right back to me on the first call, cats be damned.

THIS is a good dog.
"I don't need no steenkin' leash. I is a gud dog."

16 comments:

  1. That right there is AWESOME.

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    1. Agree! Just read this to my wife and she loved it. We're both huge GSD fans.

      --AOA

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  2. Child advocate Andrew Vachss has always tended to favor female dogs for his fictional characters, too. You should check out his Burke novels sometime, the first one is called Flood. Vachss was one of the people that popularized Neapolitan Mastiffs in the United States:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Vachss

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  3. Outstanding! :-)

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  4. Good girl, Belle.

    Wolfgang will do that, too. But he's pretty special.

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  5. What a good girl! Awesome!

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  6. Wow! Now, do you have that affect on ALL the females??

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    1. No. Sadly, most females I've been around lately would prefer to chase cats.

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  7. Good girl, Belle.

    Extra treat, earned?

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  8. Hey Murphy;

    Chase cats or own them? That was good that Belle came back, although it would have been entertaining having her run the feral cat population a bit. You did praise her and give her a treat?

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  9. Yeah, she got plenty of praising and some playtime out there on the driveway, especially because by that time, Murphy was watching through the window. I'd love to be able to have him outside off-leash, but he's never shown the required behavior.

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  10. PLEASE can you clone her for us????

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  11. Color me impressed! Good girl! Bouie would come back, but Mysti would probably need ADHD meds first.

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  12. Good Girl Miss Belle

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  13. Same story here at the TwoDogs household. The female can be trusted to stay close and come when called. The male can be trusted to beat feet whenever he gets the chance and to come back when he's darned good and ready.

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