Sometimes I Think That My Dog is a Mule

Sometimes I think that my dog is a mule.  Like today.  When I find myself just inside the back door,  on the stair landing looking up as my dog  stands four steps above me, looking down.  At me.

Not showing the slightest interest in moving Out Of The Way.

Too many new smells floating off my body from the morning’s vet visit with Mieusette.

He fills the doorway with his 160 pounds of benign giant size;  he will be nine years old in December and he still looks every bit the majestic Great Dane that he is.  But.  He’s stubborn.  Mulish.  Not real quick to Get Out of The Way when you want him to move.

He’s not mean about it.  It’s more like he has to Mull Things Over.

“Are you really sure you want me to move?”

“Right now?”

“You want me to move out of your way?”

“This minute?”


And all this time, his tail is whipping against the door jamb and the other two, smaller dogs are battling it out for face time with me underneath his long legs.

Other times that I think that my dog is a mule are when he’s outside in the yard on the other side of the inside fence – the fence that separates the gardens from the dogs.   He knows how to edge himself over there and there are days – like today – when that’s where he goes.

And that’s where he wants to stay. Until the cows come home.  Which is a picturesque way of saying “forever.”  Or for a good long while.  As long a time as he thinks he can get away with it.

Can’t say I really blame him.  We got another glorious day of clear blue skies with just a chill in the air.  Enough for me to borrow my son’s hoodie – the blue one that zips and has pockets.

But, you know how it is when you don’t want to Wait Outside for your dog.  You have Things To Do and you Want Him To Move Right Now.

“Right now?”

“Are you really sure you want me to move?”

Really.  Right now.   [gplus count=”true” size=”Medium” ]



    • htkhp says

      Usually we can come to a compromise after about 5 minutes of staring at each other. And using food as a way to influence his behavior is a sue way to get what I want!

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