Scampi

Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 8:07 am 4 comments

Scampi is still nervous sometimes. He will glance at a certain dog one day and ignore it, want to meet it another day, will greet it shyly for a few days then on our next walk will throw a tantrum if on the lead and will run away to the bushes if he’s off the lead. There are a few dogs he refuses to meet at all, I have to turn and go back the way we came to make sure there’s no barky tantrum. I’m pretty good at reading him so we manage to avoid most stressy situations. I haven’t heard any local gossip but I’m quite sure we have a reputation! But it makes my day when someone on a pushbike sails past, grins and says “oh look at him, he’s so much better!”. This has happened a few times lately, sometimes I don’t remember ever seeing the person before – I’m probably too busy concentrating on calming doggy nerves to take time to look at the person’s face, lol.

But he does have some doggy friends (he does, I promise!), and he loves seeing them. George next door, who he chats to through the front gate as we walk past. Betty on the other side of us, who he chats to through the fence. Arthur up the road, who he likes to walk with if we bump into them while we’re out. Stripe, who he plays ball with – no humans allowed, they throw the ball to each other. Ted and Mabel, who he runs around the house with (our house or theirs, they don’t mind as long as they’re indoors). He likes to hang out in the kitchen with Shep. Penny lives round the corner, they end up playing in her front garden if she’s out there when we walk past. Molly, who he’ll only approach and play with if they’re both off the lead. If either of them have a lead clipped to their collar, he won’t go near her and is quite vocal about it. Paddy, who he’s wary of but will still say hello to if they’re both off-lead. Pearl and Ruby, who he doesn’t see very often because they live in Cornwall but he loves seeing them when we visit.

His best friend is Milo. Although he has specific things he likes to do with his other friends, with Milo he will do all them. They’ve had one argument – over a squeaky ball. Milo loves squeaky toys, Scampi hates them. So us humans make sure there are no squeaks when they’re together. They wrestle, run, play, sit and lie together, steal each other’s food and come over to demand a treat together – without being told, they sit at exactly the same time.

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There are a few other dogs locally that he was terrified of, but his reactions have gone from complete panic to a quiet growl then silence while watching them from a distance.

Cats. Just no. I am never going to get him to accept that cats live on this planet. He hates them with a passion and his behaviour when he spots one is appalling – imagine a cross between the spinning cartoon tasmanian devil and a velociraptor and you get the idea. Most of the time I spot a cat before he does (my eyes are constantly scanning the area for them) and I have to turn him around and walk the other way.

Practising not barking at passers-by at the window, current success rate – 50%

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Mooching about at the park

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Relaxing after a hard day of play

Scampi patio

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  • 1. tialys  |  Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 8:37 am

    Sounds like a typical terrier – especially the cat bit!! I’ve always had large dogs but recently been thinking – when a space becomes available – I might go for a smaller, more manageable one but I guess they all have their foibles.

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    • 2. MollyBean  |  Thursday, 11th October 2018 at 6:07 am

      He certainly keeps me busy! And VERY aware of our surroundings, lol.

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  • 3. evilsquirrel13  |  Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 5:39 am

    If Scampi reacts that way to cats, I’d hate to know what he thinks of us squirrels!

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    • 4. MollyBean  |  Saturday, 13th October 2018 at 6:20 am

      I’m sorry, I’ve only just seen this!

      He will react in exactly the same way, which is why, when we were on holiday, we had to block the steps to the top part of the garden. There are huge trees surrounding the cottage and they are full of squirrels. Well, that and he had to be stopped climbing onto the garage roof 😀

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