Staying Open to Love

It was quite a surprise when Doc and her friend set me up on a blind date. The first I knew of it was when the doorbell rang and this tiny little one year old ball of energy named Tilly came bounding through the front door. There was no doubt that she was cute and I admit I was smitten, but it didn’t take long for me to reevaluate the situation.

Tilly had barely gotten in the front door before she started trying to boss me around. For a tiny thing she sure was feisty. As you know, it is general etiquette that when dogs meet each other, they smell each others private parts to get information. When I approached her, she let me know that she was not allowing that. In fact she backed up, barked and growled at me. Doc said without any surprise in her voice ” What did you expect, you just met?” As Doc has taught me to respect boundaries I backed away. Frankly I was a little frightened of her attitude.

After she informed me that she was in charge, she had the nerve to roam around the house until she came upon the basket of dog toys that belong to me. She took it upon herself to start playing with my stuff without even asking permission. Next she jumped up on the furniture and when I would go over to try and reengage with her, she would jump from sofa to chair to ottoman, like some kind of show dog that performs in Las Vegas. I have never seen anything like it. Even Doc whispered to me, “That dog needs to learn some manners.” The last straw was when she found my favorite bone that I have had for years and started chewing on it. What nerve! Doc knew I had had enough and that this match was probably not going to work this day, so she diplomatically shuffled her out the door.

“Whew, that was something”, I exclaimed after she left. ” I am worn out.” As I lay beside Doc panting from all the activity, I asked her why on earth that she and her friend thought that Tilly and I would be a good match. “She’s too young for me Doc, she’s only one and I’m nine. “Well, she said, you never know, I just wanted you to have fun and meet a new friend. Grover, its always important to stay open to meeting new dogs and having new adventures, that’s what makes life interesting” she said.

After some time went by and I gave it more thought I decided to tell Doc I would like to play with Tilly again. Tilly sure made my day more interesting, and who knows, after more time she and I might find our grove and ride off into the sunset together. You just never know. I kind of like a female that takes charge.

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