Why can’t they drive in their own car? Mmmmmmph. I have just been informed by My Dad that I may be a bit cramped in the Scion xB this morning. Seems My Dad, the wizard that he is, has volunteered to transport his sister, his niece, and his daughter to downtown Chicago…something about a half-marathon embarking from Diversey harbor. What!? There is a long walk involved? With me? Whew, for a moment I became concerned that, perhaps, the world stopped revolving around me and making me, The Magic Man, happy and mentally stimulated. OK, I’m IN! And the area behind the rear seat does have ample room to accommodate a slender Border collie…temporarily…but I would rather have my head out the window enjoying the smells of the city. OK, this calls for some sacrifice, but an adventure awaits!
It was another cramped ride on the way home. I couldn’t stick my head out the window. Suddenly, I was a part of the conversation.
“Do you want to meet, Bob?”
Seems Bob is an older Shar-Pei (Chinese Fighting Dog) who has always been aggressive with other dogs. My Dad thought that with my “magical powers of friendship.” I would be able to convince Bob that I was a friend…not to mention my very high level of maneuverability and speed. When we arrived at Mary’s, Bob was released from his dungeon (just kidding), and I was released from the Scion xB. Bob ran right at me while emitting a deep growl…I am thinking, “this will be fun.”
A deke left, a deke right, and color me gone. Bob could not keep up with me…I ran a tight circuit, checked my “six” every couple of seconds…I would let Bob close to within inches of me then push the afterburners FULL forward. After five minutes, Bob was running out of gas. He made some more attempts to run at me with his mouth open…I didn’t see any teeth…and with a half step to the left or right, I always placed Bob a little out of position. I am all about fun, so when Bob had to take a “mark” break, I moved in for some push-and-sniff action on his back and ears…I even told him, “Hey, Bob, I just want to play, I won’t hurt you.” And he settled down…within minutes, we were buddies, just hangin’ out together. Bob’s Mom, Mary, was VERY surprised that we became friends so quickly!