THE CANINE REALM has a strange, puzzling order to it. The oddest example of this is when small dogs intimidate large ones. But there are many other oddities. Like when the laws of physics don’t apply to canines.
During some of Watson’s walkies, we’d come across other people out for their dog’s walkie. An unseen force seemed to be at work because it was virtually impossible to guess which way things would play out. About half the time, Watson was scared of the other dog. There wasn’t a clear reason to us what triggered the fear. When afraid, Watson would absolutely avoid making eye contact with the other dog. It was as if Watson believed that by not looking at the other dog, the other dog would not see Watson or us. Watson would make all of us remain unseen by his amazing power of ignoring. If he couldn’t be seen by the other dog, then it couldn’t actually be a problem, right? Once he rendered us “invisible,” he’d burst into furious barking, enough to alert people as far as the next county to our presence and, as a result, protect us from the other “unseen” dog. Each dog’s persons would sneak a grin at each other.
Protecting his people was a serious matter to Watson. Even when he was frightened, he’d be brave for his people.
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