Puppy Love: it’s a Real Thing, folks

When Giant Dog was just a little bit of a guy (yes, I know, hard to imagine!), the very first dog we encountered on one of our many, many, many walks, was a chocolate lab named Mocha. At the time, Giant Dog was about 3 months old, which meant he was still highly energetic, not terribly bright, and had zero manners when it came to greeting others of his kind. Or any kind, come to think of it. 😛

Mocha, on the other hand, was 18 months old and a perfect lady. Like most labs we’ve encountered, she was calm and intelligent, and already well trained. And oh, so patient with too big, too enthusiastic, too too Giant Dog as she rolled around in the snow with him, let him chew on her, and played chase. 1.02

Giant Dog fell hard that day. With every fibre of his puppy heart, he adored her…and he continues to do so to this day, seven years later.

Mocha is more sedate now. She’s had surgery on her hips, there’s a bit of arthritis, and she just moves slower (all except for her tail, of course). Giant Dog, on the other hand, is just a more giant version of the puppy he was when they first met. (I’ve actually given up on the idea he might mature one day. 😛 ) Yet they still greet one another with total abandon. Well, okay…Giant Dog comes down on the side of total abandon; Mocha just uncomplainingly endures his enthusiasm.

We don’t meet up very often–in fact, I can probably count on two hands the number of times we’ve encountered one another over the years, yet every morning when we go past Mocha’s house, we have to stop and stare at the door and window in case we catch a glimpse of her. Say her name at our house, and he runs to the window to look for her. Hope springs eternal, it seems.

And puppy love? Oh, yeah. It’s a real thing, all right.






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2 responses to “Puppy Love: it’s a Real Thing, folks”

  1. D. D. Syrdal Avatar

    Awww, that’s so sweet 🙂

    1. Linda Avatar

      It really is. He’s so excited if he sees her…and so sad if he doesn’t, poor guy. <3

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