When Taylor and I leave in the mornings and evenings to brave the new world on our walks, I only have one fear. (Not carneys, though they can be frightful. Ask Austin.) We’ve spotted coyotes, and while we have a healthy amount of fear and respect for Wiley, not them either. And while raccoons scare the crap out of me, Taylor pays them no mind. However, on the other hand… Dogs that walk off leash? They scare the crap out of me.
Let me introduce you to my guy Taylor. He’s normally a gentle giant, the proverbial “bull in a china shop” – an almost 100 lb American Bulldog – though I wouldn’t call him a giant by any normal sense of the word. Great Danes and St. Bernards – they are Giants. Tay is dense, with solid frame and a block of a head and packs quite a punch. He’s given a buddy of mine a concussion cos all he wanted to do was play. He didn’t mean anything by it.
And so it was on an adventure recently one morning, we were walking down the hill when a dog in the distance was trotting up towards us, a considerable distance in front of his owner. We immediately did an about face, as my memories revisited a day a few months ago when that same dog went up that same hill that time also a considerable distance in front of his owner, who had no control over his dog. That day, he came up to Taylor and in a matter of a second, despite the fact that he was considerably smaller but because he was taller was able to bite my dog. I would only realize what happened after I got home, as Taylor didn’t even flinch or feign that the bite could have been hurting him. A three hundred dollar veterinarian bill added to my anger. Tay acted as if nothing happened.
That morning, as he did that other morning, Tay came back home, shoveled his food, played with his Kong, and promptly took a nap.
Taylor always did like to stick to his routine. And he literally feels no pain. I hope if he ever does, he will tell me.
“Bull, meet China shop.”
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