Why I Love My Dog – Maggie
A while back I wrote a post about why I love my dog and included a list of five things Jack does that make me smile and think how lucky I am to have him. It’s easy to love Jack. He’s a love bug. He loves us and shows it in everything he does, every look, every action, all day, every day.
Maggie is a little harder to love (although we love her like crazy). She’s shy, guarded, walks away from me when I’m petting her, sleeps in the other room rather than with us during the day and at night. Her general demeanor is standoffish, although she likes to be around people, she just doesn’t want any attention from them. But there are times when she lets her guard down and she becomes a sweet and happy, if not loving, dog.
She is always at the door to greet me when I return home. She doesn’t stay long, but she runs to me, gives me a little nod and nose bump and then scampers back to her bed or the kitchen to observe what comes next…do I have groceries? Am I handing out treats?
She does the same when our dog walker comes, she runs to the door to greet her, but then retreats to her bed in the living room and never walks with her.
I don’t know if it’s stubbornness or just her guarded nature, but we can go for walks in the neighborhood and everything is fine, she’s scampering about smelling all the smells and then all of a sudden, with no warning, she freezes – like she encountered a brick wall. She won’t move forward or to either side, the only way out is retreat. Once in awhile I can convince her to advance by going backwards a bit and then looping around, but usually it’s like there is a wall and she can’t or won’t move past it. No idea what that is all about.
She always keeps one eye on you, even when she is eating, and if you come around a corner or down the steps when she’s unprepared she still jumps and scatters.
So, I’m not quite sure how Maggie feels about us. Sometimes I’m sure she’s happy and contented and while not the usual demonstrative Lab, she let’s us know in her own peculiar ways that she’s ok with her life. She’s kind of like the boyfriend (or girlfriend) that you’re never quite sure shares the feelings you have so you work extra hard.
Hmm, maybe this is all a clever ploy on her part, because we certainly try harder to win her love – especially Steve. She has him wrapped around her little finger. And as strict as he is with the treats for Jack, he showers her with treats because that is definitely a way to her heart. But this is what we love about Maggie, her unpredictable nature.