Large Lap Dog (Animal Story 3)
October 9, 2016 9:02am CST
I love cats and cats love me. I know international cat speak, cat Esperanto so-to-speak. When I see a cat in a foreign country, I call it. More often than not it comes running to me miaowing loudly wanting to be stroked. I don't touch them all, of course, but I always communicate with them for a while. I have nothing against dogs. I'd say I'm indifferent to them. Yet many dogs like me. I have no idea why. Some years ago a German friend of mine invited me and my husband to her wedding in Italy. She married an Italian. There were German, Italian and also some Spanish speaking guests. The reception was in her tiny flat (these were our student days), and soon a lot of noise ensued. She had a pointer which she had found in a garbage bin in Spain. It was a fine looking dog. It served as her guard dog because the Spaniards thought that it was dangerous and kept out of her way. In fact, it was rather stupid. It often hit its head at lampposts when it was looking at female dogs (correct term not allowed here!). Anyways, when the party began, it hopped onto my lap. I wasn't any too pleased. A grown-up pointer is quite heavy. Besides, its head was just in front of mine. We were sitting in a circle and I couldn't see the people opposite me anymore. I could only talk with my immediate neighbours or around the dog's head. I asked my friend if I had to endure this. She said, "Yes, you have." She told me that the dog was nervous what with so many roistering people it didn't know. I should consider it an honour that it had chosen me for protection. Well, what could I say. I occasionally managed to get to the loo, but whenever I came back, the dog hopped onto my lap again. Certainly, a wedding reception worth remembering! ----- photo: fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au ----- If you're interested in other animal stories, click on the green box above the title.
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• Bangalore, India
9 Oct 16
I guess being a cat person it is unusual for you....I am a dog person...i have always had dogs..so naturally i would LOVE it if this happened to me....i might have even taken it out to play! But that sure would have been a huge dog to have on one's lap!
9 Oct 16
We have something in commons, I love cats, cats love me, but also dogs seem to appreciate my presence. Something similar happened to me in France. We were at a restaurant, I had just ordered and suddenly a small poodle escaped from her owner and jumped on my lap. We had a hard time convincing the dog to go back to her owner.
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
This is a great site for picking up on 'naughty' words. I baby-sat a dog once as the people I was staying with had to go out. I was a bit nervous of this dog but all was well until there was a crash of thunder. She was in my lap in a flash and stayed there till the storm passed. I've enjoyed your animal stories. I can't understand how I missed so many of them - but I've caught up now. I hope there are some more in the pipeline.