I won’t deny that the wife and I have talked about getting a yappy little dog to protect our crybaby doberman. Nonetheless, especially when you take into account his less than ferocious personality, Max has surprisingly strong stick fu. For some reason dogs will grant one random stick an ineffable MUST HAVE quality and they will run over and around a thousand perfectly good arm’s-length bits of fallen branch to get at the dog that has The One Stick. Max turns this into a kind of bullfighting. He will barely jog along until a frenzied, sprinting dog gets THIS CLOSE to the precious stick, then he pulls a quick 180 while the other dog whooshes by with too much momentum to turn around. Smart dogs try this once or twice and then go for his legs. He can keep the rest running in circles for half an hour.
Here is a vid of Max showing off a bit of stick-fu with his bud Monty, who I am fairly sure was the living model for ‘Doug’ from Up. I had a manual-focus prime lens that day so forgive the hunting around for focus.
Open thread. Title in honor of DougJ’s thing with song lyrics.