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    Dalmatian Has A Bad Dog Day

    So Moxie was a very bad dog last night. Herman and I were sitting on the beach, me in my wheelchair and Herman in a plastic resin chair. Moxie was attached to Herman’s chair with her leash through one of the legs of the chair. I was facing the sun of course and Herman and Moxie were facing the road. The next thing I knew there was a huge scuffle and one of Herman’s chair legs broke off leaving Herman on the deck. Evidently a small dog was walking by with her owner. This got Moxie very upset and according to Herman, she lunged at the small dog. Also according to Herman the small dog simply cowered. Moxie was being a big bully.

    The owner was really great and didn’t get upset at all. I can’t say the same for Herman. He was so mad at Moxie he immediately brought her inside. And according to Herman he fully scolded her. By the time I got inside Moxie was curled up in a corner. She knew she had been bad. Herman was still so irritated that he didn’t even want to feed her dinner. After my insistence he finally relented and fed her.

    I hadn’t seen him that mad in a while. After a while he finally agreed to walk her. While on his walk he came upon the man whose dog Moxie went after. According to Herman the man was perfectly nice and even petted Moxie asking her if she was all better. When Herman got home with Moxie he was still irritated with her, but had calmed down some.

    You just never can tell what will set a dog off. Herman’s daughter, Hermania just got a Shepard mix. She and her husband had the dog down at the beach one day. We weren’t sure how Moxie would react. The Shepard is a female and we thought that wouldn’t be a good mix for Moxie, her being female too. The Shepard was tied up at the beach when we brought Moxie out to introduce her.

    Amazingly enough there was a lot of tail wagging going on. And no growling whatsoever. I’m not sure they will be friends, but they seem to have a mutual respect for each other. Moxie is great with people, but not so great with other dogs.

    When we take her on a walk we are always wary when we come upon another dog. You just never know which way she’ll react. She’s great with cats, but I’m not so sure about other dogs. Maybe she had a bad experience in her puppyhood with another dog. She’s not talking so I don’t know.

    Don’t you wish animals could speak to us? It would make life so much easier. For the pets too. So that’s my story about Moxie being bad. All is forgiven with her and Herman. She just needs to let us know what her phobia is with some other dogs.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"