The bond between dogs and children is utterly amazing! It will captivate and almost hypnotize you when you see it happening.
I must confess though, I never paid “close” attention to the interactions until Harley & Leo entered my life. Now I am consistently fascinated with the unspoken language between the two.
You may recall THE LITTLE RASCALS, a story posted about our neighbors moving away…
This was not only an adjustment period for the other neighborhood children, but for my Boys as well. Two little (two legged) boys, ages 5 & 8 were no longer around. No joke – Leo and “Wilson” took it the hardest.
I had hoped in time memories of them would gradually fade and he would happily settle for “me” throwing the ball and chasing him around the backyard.
But as fate would have it, I do not have to add that to my job description!
New neighbor sightings started about a week ago. DH made initial contact. Men love talking trash (as in truck pick-up schedules), lawns, fertilizer, and weed killers! Over the course of the day we met his wife, his mom, and a few other relatives who stopped by to see the new home and wish them well.
My heart skipped a beat when I heard them say they had two boys 6 & 9 years of age.
Appropriate or not, I had to ask, I just had to:
“Do they like dogs?”
The father said he really wasn’t sure. They never really interacted with dogs, and he wasn’t sure how they would react around “big dogs.” This wasn’t sounding too positive to me.
DH immediately went into his “infomercial”, explaining:
- both dogs are very good with kids
- they’ve never shown aggressive tendencies
- they play “exceptionally” well with all the other children in the neighborhood.
Oh, he covered it all, he even described their personalities:
- Harley is the one that loves attention and is a bit of a jumper
- Leo’s rather shy in the beginning.
He went on an on. At one point I wondered if he was trying to close a sale!
However the father remained reserved and expressionless.
So now it’s the weekend. A typical September Saturday on our block. Sounds of children playing, lawn mowers roaring, and my two occasionally barking for additional attention – filled the air.
I eventually came out to capture some photos and was pleasantly surprised to see the “new kids on the block” outside too.
What I saw warmed my heart. I saw the magic.
I watched in awe at:
- the way Harley sensed their hesitation so he didn’t jump (at least not at first), he remained calm upon their approach.
- as Leo scurried backwards on his belly to allow this child to come closer to “Wilson.” It was as if he was saying, “it’s ok, you can throw it to me, I’ll move back and give you some room.”
- how dogs and children bond.
Later that afternoon while on the computer, a comment came across the screen from anipal and reader “Sheila” (doodle mom to Finley). SIDE NOTE: I ruv when readers comment on my stories “hint-hint”, because it’s such a cool way for me to talk with new furrends.
Although Sheila’s initial comment referred to a recent post WILSON & LEO BANISHED TOGETHER, it was her second paragraph that made me smile…
Someone else wanted to know what I had just found out. So Sheila – this one’s for you….
When I came outside, this is what I saw…
Everyone under the tree…
like old times…
I had fun teasing their “father” about his earlier statement as his boys took my boys…
…to meet their “mom”…
In one afternoon the new “rascals” felt so comfortable with Harley & Leo, it made pawfect sense to take them in the backyard to see what they were made of. It was “ball playing time”...
Our Gang is back in business…
Thanks fur reading, I’ll keep on writing…