...Put your paws up!
Hermione's got hers in the air, but on Tuesday she certainly wasn't sure if she should be a single lady or not.
With having four dogs, I've been trying to exercise each of them either on their own or in twos. Nala gets her own one on one time when we work and I've been taking Roscoe mostly on his own to do some training with him. Hermione and Otis often are paired together and so Tuesday evening, Mr. K and I headed to the park with the two little ones for their turn.
The park wasn't too busy which kind of surprised me since it was a really nice night, but we found a Labradoodle puppy and another toy breed of some sort for Hermione and Otis to play with. Hermione was not impressed with the puppy at all, but Otis loved him and the two boys wrestled until Bramble-Labradoodle-parents' said it was home time. The other toy breed had also been a female and so I think Hermione just wasn't interested: she really is a flirt. She thought about playing fetch with the other dog a few times, but changed her mind and just people watched instead. After Bramble went home, Mr. K and I started wandering about the park in the hopes that our movement would get Hermione moving as well. Otis was off meeting and greeting and eventually we came across a guy with his ShihTzu. We tried walking away, but the little guy kept following us. He was wearing a cat bell and you could hear him charging up from behind you, running as fast as his little legs could carry him. His dad was on the phone at the time, but kept a watchful eye on him. We walked slowly, thinking that the little friend would eventually go back to his dad, but he was too smitten with Hermione. However, at first, we didn't know that was who had caught his eye.
Otis is much more outgoing and likes to play with any kind of dog; no matter its size. Hermione is more of a people dog and will sit happily on a bench watching people as opposed to playing with other dogs; unless Otis is chasing her of course. She's also taken to chasing Nala and Roscoe now and it's good to see her running with them. When we finally stopped walking to say hello to the persistent pup, we were surprised to see him introduce himself to Hermione. I thought she'd be stand off-ish with him, but she watched him, tail wagging and thinking whether or not she'd like to be his friend. As his dad hung up the phone, we began to realise that Mr. Persistent pants was in love. He kept nibbling Hermione's ears and then he'd try to make his move. Very gently, so as not to be rude, he'd place one paw on Hermione's bum. She would spin around as fast as she could and stare at him as if to say,
"I don't think so Sir!"
He'd go back to giving her kisses and making little cooing noises, all the while trying to woo her. Hermione is a proper princess though, and she was not fooled by his pretty words or gentlemanly charms. We found out that the dog's name was Joey and that he was actually a highly coveted stud dog. Joey tried to convince Hermione that she should love him back by placing his head on her bum, with the same result of her spinning about and giving him a dirty look.
This game of Hermione playing hard to get went on for quite some time and Joey was very certain that she should be his girlfriend It even got to the point where he wouldn't let Otis near her. It was at that point that Joey got put back on leash and taken home. His dad was a good owner. He didn't want Joey thinking that he could growl at other dogs just because he thought someone was his girlfriend. Apparently, he has a habit of once he sets his sights on a lady friend, he won't let other boys come near.
As for Hermione, I don't think she was too heart broken. He was handsome and all, but she is a very independent woman and isn't looking for a boyfriend right now.