Stephanie Pearce: A dog’s love for my daughter
I have to tell you about a new dog my daughter adopted. She already has a red heeler, Spud, that is entirely too attached to her, especially since his best dog buddy died. She thought she would get him his own buddy for when she goes to college next fall so he won’t be quite as lonely.
I have to admit, Spud is a protector and he thinks he has to be with her all the time. If we take him to rodeos, he always tries to sneak away to find her, so I have to keep a leash on him — which she never does. Sitting in the stands, he will look in her direction and sniff the air making sure he can still catch her scent. When he hears her name called, he will sit up and watch her make her run. He also tends to growl at boys who put their arm around her or get a little too close to our girl, and I can appreciate that.
When she says “I love you,” he will howl what sounds like “I love you” back. He doesn’t do that with anyone else. He sleeps with her and follows her on horseback rides. When she’s practicing roping, he sits near the roping box the entire night watching her.
When she’s gone, he does get a little depressed. He will walk to her room looking for her and he’ll wander the house a while before lying in front of the door to her room. He whines and gives you this look that makes you feel so sad for him. So, I agreed that maybe a new doggie friend would be just the ticket. Our Pyrenees dogs have each other, so he should have a friend too.
My daughter went to the shelter and took Spud with her. They looked at a couple of dogs, but after a few different visits, they decided on a young blue heeler named Ally. My daughter brought Ally home and guess what? Now she has two heelers that won’t leave her side.
Ally could care less about anyone else in the house really. She might let you pet her, but if my daughter is out of her sight, she will scour the house looking for her. My poor daughter can’t even go to the bathroom without them sitting outside the door with their noses under it as if to say, “We know you’re in there, Mom. Let us in.We miss you!”
Ally has been with us for about a month now, and Samantha had to leave to state fair last week. Spud is used to the daughter leaving from time to time, so he didn’t do too badly, but Ally isn’t dealing so well. To occupy her time, she herds our poultry. She will gather the ducks in one circle and the chickens in another and make figure eights around them until the circle is tight. Then, she will let them go. She looks at me so proud of herself and then gathers them up again. She doesn’t hurt them, just circles them until they are all together. The chickens will be happy when my daughter gets home though because Ally did this for hours the other night.
She needs to be taught to gather the goats, but I’ll let the daughter train her so it’s done right. We’ll all be a little happier when the daughter gets home. I’m just glad I’m not the only one that misses her so much.
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