My friend Terry asked me, a few weeks back, to help him clear out his garage and today was the day.
His wife Sue offered to keep me topped up with cups of tea.
No contest, I’m there.
Haven’t seen Sue for a while so it was nice to catch up with her and her new, 8 month old, mixed brown and white dog called Cookie.
As I entered their house Cookie barked and growled.
I kept calm and sat on the settee but she still barked and growled at me.
I’ve had dogs in my life before so I just chose to ignore her.
No eye contact, no sudden movements.
“She doesn’t like people that much” said Sue, making me feel a little better.
I still kept ignoring her as she bristled and barked and growled.
I’ll just blend in, I thought, and see where it leads.
I got up from the settee and intended to make my way , via their garden, to the garage to help Terry.
Cookie gave me a look, I gave her the cold shoulder.
I thought I really ought to talk to her.
I told her she was a beautiful dog and then she looked at me as if I was completely mad.
I slowly stepped a little closer to her and she made a fleeting attempt to smell my shoes.
She detected the smell of my own cats that I have at home.
She then followed me outside into the garden.
I looked at her and told her she was a very scatty dog.
Her head moved to one side, trying to understand.
I then thought …. I am scatty too.
I’m going to chase her.
She ran off at great speed and then headed back to me, in a blur, just narrowly missing me on the return trip each time.
I chased and she chased.
I was laughing.
Her tail was wagging.
She thought I was mad.
After 10 mins we gave up chasing.
And then I resumed helping Terry in the garage.
After half an hour Terry and I were called in by Sue for a cup of tea.
I decided to sit on the settee and make myself comfortable and I could see Cookie looking at me from just around the kitchen door.
I ignored her.
She then slowly made her way to the settee, jumped alongside me, laid down and put her head on my lap.
We stayed together for 10 minutes in perfect harmony while I was chatting to Terry and Sue.
After that, Cookie followed me about everywhere and invited me to chase her at every opportunity.
The garage clearing phase one was successful but the highlight of the day for me was playing with Cookie and being able to connect with her by being scatty.
I’m looking forward to going over to see Terry and Sue and Cookie in a couple of weeks to complete the garage project.
It will be interesting to see whether being scatty is still the right approach to take with this amazing dog.
I can easily do scatty ….