In January my little building of four apartments became the house of the white dogs. Our neighbors across the hall were dog sitting for two little white fluff balls. They were both smaller than Cricket, about the same size as Butterfly, and pure white rather than apricot laced. I first saw them out the window on a walk and my heart felt them right away. Two little white dogs! Two happy, skippy, barky dogs tangling their leashes and going in opposite directions. I felt like I knew them already.
We didn’t know their names at first, but we knew they were boys, because their pee was more decorative and higher up on the snow. Cricket and Butterfly would butt heads trying to be closest to the pee, to sniff deeply of their new friends.
The girls finally got to meet the boys in person after a few weeks. Their names were Abu and Fritz, and once they could see each other it was a sniff fest with no barking. When I’d met them the day before, Abu had bared his teeth at me and did not want to be friends, but when it was dog to dog, they were fine.
The boys barked almost as much as Cricket, which was an incredible relief. From downstairs, it was hard to tell which apartment was full of barking. I liked feeling welcomed each time we came and went from the apartment, as if the boys were saying that they wished they could go with us, and visit with Cricket and Butterfly, and enjoy our company. It was really just nice to know someone was there. Dogs are generous about noticing people, and making sure you don’t feel invisible or alone.
There are other dogs in our complex. There’s Maxine, the pug, who is very busy taking care of her new human brother. There’s Delilah, the beagle, who likes to hike up the hill but hates the snow. There are Chihuahuas and Cocker Spaniels, and other smallish dogs. I don’t know if there’s an official ban on bigger dogs, but I think it would be hard for a Great Dane to manage all of the stairs and small spaces.
I feel such a pull to see the other dogs who live here, especially when I can hear them barking from inside of their apartments when I take the girls out during the day. I dream of running around and opening all of the doors so we can have a puppy party in the backyard. Wouldn’t that be awesome?
I think the boys have gone now, because there is no more barking across the hall. I listen closely for a stray bark or growl, but I can’t hear anything.
Puppy-party sounds awesome. 😀
My Boo gets along with other dogs brilliantly… but my eldest, Pot, gets way over-excited and ends up alienating the dogs she’s so desperately trying to befriend… leaving her felling left out. She looks so forlorn when other dogs are about… I always end up scooping her up in my arms and telling her how much I love her.
Cricket has a similar problem. Butterfly can go up to any dog and get into a sniffing conversation, but Cricket is awkward and easily aggravated. Butterfly gives her classes in social graces every day. We’ll see how that goes.
I think you should send invitations and have a puppy party….your neighbors would be thrilled if you took the dogs out to play. My daughter lives in a apt where the landlord requires you to have a dog (that must be screened for manners) before you can move in. Clementine, their basset, is such a charmer, she forgoed further screening once she met her!! Laughing. She has framed photos of all the former dog residents by each apt door!
That’s wonderful! Except, I don’t think Cricket would pass a manners test. She would go through sit and down and then rush on to bite and bark.
We three get along great with Lilly, the rescue greyhound next door. We’re all rescues and we have different needs. Lilly needs running space-I don’t know why because she was last in all three races she walked (I couldn’t say ran). We do fine with dogs in the neighborhood, and we like to communicate often. They complain about the noise, but we’re not allowed to use the phone and those cheapie peeps won’t sprint for a smartphone.
I think dog phones are on the way, Kyla. The keys will have to be paw sized, and there will have to be a way to transmit odor, but it’s coming.
They came, they saw, they conquered…your hearts. Good friends are hard to find these days. 🙂 I have missed the Cricket and Butterfly stories…for some reason, I no longer get emails from your posts.
This week i discovered the WordPress Reader after 3 years. Duh.
I live by my wordpress reader. How else would I know that the red man was, um, under attack?
Poor Red – he had a bad day at Black Rock. That little Asta is so precious that you’d never guess she was mad as a little hornet. He avoided her like the plague the rest of the time we were there!
Red is such a cutie, Asta just lost her mind. It happens sometimes.
Your posts bring instant smiles here! We had a visit the other day from our neighbor’s giant shephard, Tiger, who broke free from her chain. We (our Max and Allie too) enjoyed this wild and crazy girl until her owner arrived! 🙂
A lot of times the bigger dogs are the sweetest and think they are the smallest. My black lab mix used to be a lap dog, even though she was bigger than the laps she had to choose from.
lol! Couldn’t agree with you more! Our Allie (white girlie) still thinks she’s a lap dog, not matter how big! 🙂 She cracks us up! Enjoy those puppers!!!
I love finding out what dogs are at my apartment complex. 🙂 I agree, it would be fun to let them all run around!
Every time I meet a new doggy neighbor I get so excited. Humans are fine too.
Hahahaha! “Humans are fine too.” Spoken like a true dog lover! I also get excited when I can meet new doggy neighbors! Just the other day one of them got another dog–a sweet little puppy! 🙂
A puppy party sounds fantastic! May Bailey join in on the festivities?? 🙂
Yes! Maybe we could skype him in!
Bailey is woofing in excitement!
Lovely tail (I mean tale). I love to see dogs playing together. Maggie has suddenly become playful again with certain dogs when Hubby’s taken her out recently. (Methinks it’s them hormones and for playful read tarty!) She’s only interested in toy boys though, as those she’s showing interest in are very young and don’t know what it’s all about yet! 🙂
Even hormones have their limits. She doesn’t want to get in the way of somebody who would be overeager. Smart girl.
I love the notion that “Dogs are generous about noticing people, and making sure you don’t feel invisible or alone.” My dog loves to sit at the front window and bark when people walk by, as if she is just letting people she notices them.
There’s something so sad about living near people you never see. Dogs don’t like that feeling any more than I do. In my old neighborhood we would get a good solid hello from every dog we passed, even if they were behind closed doors and invisible to me. They wanted to make sure they were seen and heard and never forgotten.
We call the wee from other dogs pee-mail. The longer a dog sniffs it, the longer the message must be. Sometimes our reply, but not always. I wonder what they say? 🙂
Butterfly tends to leave long-winded responses, making sure the other dog knows all about her, what she ate for breakfast, what she wishes she’d eaten for breakfast, etc. Cricket just leaves a short note, possibly along the lines of “Get off my land!”
Three families walk together three times a week. Sometimes we have six dogs between us. There’s a lot of messaging in a two-and-a-half-hour walk.
Two and a half hours?! Cricket wants to move in with you!
so you had a lot of pee mail to sniff. I will find out next Thursday how I feel around other dogs we are going back to obedience training to see if I socialize better. We were suppose to do it this past week but we had a storm…
Cricket’s obedience class was filled with big dogs (Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, etc) so she didn’t do so well with socializing. But little dogs are more her speed. Especially if they are smaller than she is.
sure I sometimes Think of them as snacks mom is working on me for sure..
I honestly wish I got along better with smaller dogs. But even through Obedience School and Boot Camp, it doesn’t seem to happen. Mom would like to get a companion for me but I am so frisky and play so rough she is worried. But she is thinking about it. I hope the boys do come back. Maybe in doggie daycare during the day? Woof! Love, Maggie
You seemed to get along pretty well with that skunk, Maggie, maybe you just need to wear a protective suit before you meet new friends.
DOGSMILE Woof!!!! ha ha ha
That’s amazing!!!!!!! sincerely Alla
A puppy party would be amazing! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you for reading!
The first one looks just like our Chicki!
Thanks for sharing another delightful post. 🙂
Those boys were such cuties, even from a distance.
Absolutely! Adorable 🙂
Oh, this site is so cool. I hang with “cat people” so to see “dog people” do what “cat people” are tickles my heart. Great blog you have and I totally enjoyed reading this post! xxoo, Amy
Thank you so much!
Cute post – we are huge fans of the little white dogs at our house as well! Thanks for checking out my blog post!
These little dogs are addictive. You can’t have just one!
hello rachel its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada sez the howse of the white dogs is a better playse to be then the lair of the white worm i hav no ideea wot he is tawking abowt but aparently it has sumthing to do with a buk he read wunse!!! ok bye
Maybe your dada could start reading to you at bedtime, then you can tell me what this lair of the white worm is all about, though I’m not sure I want to know..
Thanks fo a fellow dog-lover for the “like”!
You are very welcome!
Yes!!!! A puppy party, definitely!!!! That would be such a blast!!!! Hugs
Your little cricket reminds me very much of my little white/apricot laced fluff ball, Bria. I will put a picture of her on my blog pretty soon. Sadly, in November 2012, I was at my brothers for Thanksgiving and there were a lot of other dogs there and one of his dogs bit her in the eye and she lost that eye.
Oh no! I’m so sorry. I hope she’s still enjoying her life as much as possible, and maybe using some very fashionable eye patches to let everyone know she’s got it all in hand.
“Dogs are generous about noticing people, and making sure you don’t feel invisible or alone.”
SO TRUE! And just one of the many reasons to love them.
Butterfly also likes to lick people, to let them know how yummy they are!