Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Puppies and Toddlers

My dog Grits doesn't really care for puppies. He approaches them with an air of snobbery that indicates that he thinks they are a waste of his time. Perhaps he forgets that he was once a puppy too and needed to be taught just about everything about being a dog in a human world. That said, Grits always is patient and gentle with the puppies meets, putting up with their antics until they go on their way.

When we go to the park, we're stopped at least once on our journey by a small child or some parents with a toddler in tow. "Can I pet your dog?" or "Puppy, puppy!". We always stop and let the children give him a pet. The other day my niece came to visit with her 2 year old daughter. The little girl was fascinated by Grits and proceeded to hug him and pet him the way only a toddler can. When she pets a dog on the head he knows it. While he appeared a little shocked by the tiny hand slapping his head, he just sat there and took it.

Maybe he does remember after all or maybe dogs instinctively know more than we give them credit for...

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