In an effort to give Harper something for which to be thankful, especially since we will be leaving her at home alone when we go have Thanksgiving dinner with friends later, we made a morning trip to Horizon Dog Park. Horizon has a smaller off-leash area than Chaparral Park where we go on weekends and there is no separation between active and passive dogs. But it is closer to home, shady, and many of the regulars there are dogs Harper knows from boarding or Day Camp.
There was a weird social dynamic between Harper. a Jack Russell terrier (“Jack”) and a shepherd mix (“Rusty”). Harper wanted to play with Jack. In fact, she was on a mission to make Jack her BFF du jour. Jack wanted to play ball with his dad and got a little testy when other dogs interrupted. He was not interested in romping with Harper.
Rusty was absolutely transfixed by Harper; and who could blame him? Harper was not much interested, however.
They would run a little and spar a little but Harper spent most of the time trying to hide behind me or between my feet where, she foolishly thought, Rusty would leave her alone.
Every time Rusty would look away, Harper would make a break for it to try to engage Jack who would promptly run her off. And then she and Rusty would go at it again.
Periodically they would take a break; or they were plotting their next strategy. I can never really tell.
Eventually one of them; usually Rusty, would pounce and it would begin again.
“Hey; Where’d Jack go?”
Happy Thanksgiving to all.