I don’t know why I am constantly surprised by how endearingly strange some of my dogs are, since they have a long and dubiously famous family history of ‘eccentric’ behaviour lurking in their pedigrees.
Pickle stands out as one of my favorites. She is an odd combination of tenacious and hesitant, hell bent on getting her own way when it’s something she’s really sure about, yet hanging back worriedly when it’s something she’s never seen before.
Take Pickle and water, for example.
There are a lot of things in the world that make Pickle nervous – fast moving objects, loud noises, people she doesn’t know trying to pet her. In many ways, Pickle reminds me of her Aunt Ellie, who had a similar personality, and a similar “Do I know you? If I don’t know you, why are you trying to touch me??” attitude towards people getting into her personal space.
Like Ellie, Pickle has a short list of things that she loves, and she’s pretty passionate about those things. Tops on her list would likely be chasing cats, a character trait she inherited from her daddy, and which I don’t find too endearing. Petal has a finely honed instinct when it comes to our dogs – she knows which ones are trustworthy (Bunny, Sailor, Billie), which ones are merely annoying (Hanna, Delilah, Penelope) and which ones she needs to avoid at all costs (Dexter and Pickle).
What Pickle loves most of all, however, is water. Not just any water, either – moving water. The hose is great, splashing water is even better, and I worry that if I introduce her to the joy of sprinklers, her head might just possibly explode. Of course, that means that some time this weekend I’m going to go out and pick one up – and I’ll keep the video camera handy, just in case.
What about your dogs? Do any of them have an obsession?