Emma, the 6 month old lab from next door, and Stedman have a regular playdate going on. She comes over to the backyard gate and makes a certain sort of yipping noise and he answers with the same kind of yipping. Then we let them socialize for a while. The socializing consists of:
- banging their chests together
- mouthing each other on the face, neck and back
- a little bit of ear wax action
- tumbling around
- drinking water
First they run around the yard, go up one set of deck steps and down the other, and then settle into the business of showing each other their tonsils.
These are Blackberry pictures - too bad my regular camera is not functional at the moment. I doubt that would make much difference in the quality of the pictures, though - let me tell you something: it's not so easy to take good pictures of dogs on the move.
The interesting thing is that these dogs are true to their breeds. Stedman, the cattle herder, anticipates the direction that she is going to move in and feints back and forth to block her. If that doesn't work, he chases behind her nipping at her heels. Emma, the retriever, grabs onto his dog collar and pulls him around the yard.
Then everybody makes a poop and goes home.
UPDATE: Stedman's other girlfriend is a little lady we like to call the sprinkler system. He finds her irresistible.