07-05-2019, 11:42 PM
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My dog Garm loves people. Big, small, young, old, loves em'.
I have a very young nephew. Fast friends after said nephew let the dog loose from where we'd put him in the bathroom so he didn't beg during dinner (then proceeded to feed him the bits of cheese he didn't want which we of course discouraged). They spent the rest of the evening playing.
Garm's food bowls are in the dining room, when we don't have a bunch of people visiting, he usually eats his dinner when we do. We know to ignore any begging or send him away, our guests don't always. My dog wasn't even a full year when this happened, he's learned not to beg at the table now. He didn't then.
We're all talking after dinner. My nephew and the dog are playing with a rope toy, everything is fine, we are occasionally checking on them. My dog stopped to eat, heard him chewing, looked over. My nephew had come up behind the dog, and tucked his head under the dog's back legs and turned to look up at my poor dog's stomach. My dog didn't even stop eating, but he did look back with a very confused look before looking up at us like 'is this normal for mini humans?'
We immediately pulled my nephew aside and explained that you shouldn't do that. It is a favorite Christmas story though. My dog is black and tan, at the time, he had a thin tawny ring that went around his lower chest and belly. My nephew hadn't seen a black and tan dog before meeting mine and was just curious about his markings.
I was so relieved and rather proud at how well my dog tolerated the strange situation that was that Christmas evening. We laugh about it now.