Love and pride on an afternoon walk.
May 27, 2009

A little while ago, our everyday walk-the-dog routine turned into something completely unexpected.  We generally walk Hank off the leash, something that most people in our neighborhood do, and although he runs around like a lunatic, we trust that he will follow us when we call him.  It’s blind trust, really, as he rarely DOES come when we call him, but we haven’t lost him yet so he’s obviously learning.

On this particular walk, Hank and I encountered a little girl.  Hank walked up to her, sniffing and wagging his tail, and she giggled, and then?  And then the neighbor’s dog barked.  Not at Hank.  At the little girl.

Hank is typically a very friendly animal, all slobbery smiles and happiness and butterflies, but he turned on that dog - a dog he knows and plays with regularly - in about two seconds flat.  He immediately placed his body between the neighbor’s dog and the little girl and his hackles went up and he growled.

And I don’t know about you, but if a 95 pound cluster of muscles looked at me the way Hank looked at that dog, I would have done the same thing that dog did.  I’d have put my tail between my legs and run away whimpering.  Then Hank turned back around and wagged his tail and asked the little girl for a belly rub and life was all slobbery smiles and happiness and butterflies again.

My dog is just as crazy and inattentive as ever.  But I have to admit that I have a softer spot in my heart for him now, a little pride in the fact that he would instinctively protect a child from harm.


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  1. By Jes on May 27, 2009

    I know what you mean. Shelby become very good friends with a little girl named Chase. They have tea parties, they chase each other, they play dress up. Shelby let’s Chase pull on her ears an play really hard with her because Shelby knows at the end of the day she will get plenty of hugs, kisses, and treats from Chase. It is so sweet.

  2. By Jennifer W. on May 27, 2009

    Sweet!! You’re having a girl and Hank is her white horse!

  3. By Tiffany @ Paging Doctor Mommy on May 27, 2009

    That is awesome!  What a true protector you have!

  4. By Dianna on May 27, 2009

    Aw, isn’t Hank the cutest?  I just want to hug him.  And good for him for being a protecor.  That’s got to make you feel a little more comfortable now.

  5. By megan on May 27, 2009

    This story made my day…..truly!

  6. By Elly on May 27, 2009

    Oh Hank - what a trooper! :)


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