Theme of the month …
My favorite dog – the Newfoundland
Panda Bear was one of our two, very much loved Newfies. He was the big boy, Dandie Lion, she was a lady.
Today, my story is about Panda Bear.
I was told that Newfies have a sense of humor. I wondered about that… how can a dog have a sense of humor. I soon discovered they do.
On one occasion, Panda being in a playful mood, snuck up behind our 11 year old daughter who was day dreaming, gazing out her bedroom window. I was watching from a distance wondering what Mr. Panda Bear was about. I watched as he moved towards her in a deliberate, quiet stalking manner. Then, without warning, he gave her a quick nip in the butt.
Even I didn’t expect that.
He promptly (as if it was all well thought out) jumped onto her bed and barked loudly in her shocked face.
“Come and get me” he challenged.
Standing on the bed beside her he was every bit as tall as our daughter. If one didn’t know him, one would have been quite concerned.
Once recovered from the shock, our daughter began to laugh and of course I joined her. We laughed, really laughted and Panda laughed with us.
Panda was the king – he ruled the neighborhood. He was a good king. He ruled with kindness, he was fair and just. His neighborhood subjects rarely gave him any trouble and if they did, it was not for long. If discipline was needed, he gave it without doing harm – using his size and commanding voice – perhaps a good chest plant or maybe a chase around the park.
I think I have a hundred stories I can tell about our Newfies. Perhaps another story another time…first I need to find some of those photos taken before digital – hidden somewhere in a shoe box in my closet.