Monday, July 14, 2014

Dory and Exploring

I was in the laundry room when Juno came rocketing through the cat door. She was puffed up from head to toe. 
"What's up Juno?" I said to the cat as she trotted into the next room then stopped to nonchalantly lick her shoulder. 
I opened the door to the garage and looked out. Our next door neighbor, Dory the Pug, was there grinning from ear to ear. 
"Dory, did you chase my cat?" I asked the happy little dog as I walked through the garage to see where her owners were.
Dory's dad, Chris, was mowing the lawn. Dory followed me out of the garage and headed home. 
"Hey Chris!" I yelled, "Dory's over here. She chased Juno into the house. Is it okay if she comes over and plays with Ray?"
"Sure," said Chris, redirecting the pug to my backyard.
Ray has never played with Dory before but he likes to tease her through the fence, and unlike their first encounter, their meetings lately have been cordial. I was no longer worried about him hurting her. 
Also, Ray has been so bored lately that I figured any distraction, however minor, would be a good one. 
Dory sauntered into the backyard and started exploring. After a brief moment of excitement at the presence of that-thing-that-kinda-smells-like-a-dog-but-couldn't-possibly-be-one, Ray stood still, his eyebrows working his forehead like two small children on a teeter totter.
I let Dory poke around the yard a bit, then realized that Ray was not engaging his brain in any way. I went to yell to my neighbor again.
"Hey Chris! Is it okay if Ray and Dory play in your backyard?"
"Sure," said Chris agreeably. 
I called to Ray and Dory. Ray ambled over and I shunted him towards Chris who led him to his backyard. Dory followed.
I went to retrieve my camera, climbed up on a stump and watched the dogs over the fence. While Ray explored, Dory kindly escorted her visitor.
Ray, it's good to stop and smell the flowers every once in awhile.
Actually I think maybe Archie peed here so this is not a good example.
I don't know what that was. Do you?
…and this is where I pee
If you want to go home, this is where the gate is ...
...but you don't have to leave just yet.
If you come this way, I'll show you where we keep our dishes.
Uh, just a little farther, and to your left. That's just grass.
Huh, this grass does smell like a dog dish. 


  1. Nice neighbours! That was a great idea to send Ray over to Dory's yard - get the brain working.

    1. We really do have the best neighbors. I've been thinking about getting Ray some new games that work his mind. WIth the advent of the hot hot weather, he is just so BORED.

  2. Ray had a play date, Nice.

    1. Yeah. It didn't last long but it was a good start for them. I'm sure it will happen again.

  3. Oh wow - how fun for Ray!!

    Just an FYI - Ray won the contest!

    1. I know, right? He does love to explore even when followed around by a thing-that-kinda-smells-like-a-dog-but-couldn't-possibly-be-one.

  4. Oh, good - maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship :)

    1. One can only hope. It's probably the best way for Ray to interact with the neighbors. They are a bit too small for him to get physical with (like he used to do with Murphy or Tucker).

  5. Hi Y'all!

    Congratulations on winning Blueberry's contest! Wow, that was nice of Dory to show Ray around like that.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    1. Hiya BrownDog, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the congratulations. We enjoyed touring your site. You certainly are a handsome lad.
      Dory is the consummate hostess and really knows how to make her guests feel welcome. Ray looks forward to his next visit.

  6. I'm sure Ray misses Murphy and Tucker, but Dory is a gracious hostess. She should probably beware kitty bapping, though.

    1. heehee. Harvey would be too scared to get close enough to bap, and although Juno is usually more curious of things than afraid of them, having a bowling bowl come at her at full speed tends to move her right along. I think Dory is probably safe.