Monday, January 2, 2012

Visiting Miss Jure

Our last outing in 2011 was a trip to Hamden to visit Jenn and her new pup Jure, who is now 10 months old. She's done a lot of growing in the few months that have passed since the last time we saw her. One thing hasn't changed, however. She still likes to shove her nose toward other dogs' faces. It is supposed to be a submissive gesture, but Jure takes it to a level that is rather pushy.

Jure: Hi! Hi! Hi!
Chandler: Hey kid, long time no see.

I don't think Chan knew quite what to make of a dog that seemed to want to velcro herself to his muzzle. He could probably have stopped her with a well timed snark, but he's a bit of a marshmallow, temperament-wise. Instead he put up with it patiently, once he discovered that whirling away would not work.

Chandler: Um...why are you stuck to my cheek?

We quickly headed out to hike so Jure would have something else to focus on. Once we were on the trail she zoomed ahead and started running through the woods looking for squirrels and other critters. Chandler seemed content to stay mostly in his usual spot about 50 feet ahead of us on the trail, sniffing the local odors, although he did indulge in a few zooms up and down the trail with Jure.

Inevitably, we ran across a huge puddle (perhaps a mini-pondlet would be a better description?) at the side of the trail. As usual, my water loving dog quickly waded in and laid down to wallow, much to Jure's horror and astonishment. But she was game, and followed him into the puddle in an attempt to get him to play.

Chandler: This is my alligator impression.
Jure: I bet the alligator can't get me!!!!!!

Which was successful.

Chandler: I'd rather you chased me.
Jure: Ok.

However, Chandler learned one thing during the chase: Jure is very speedy.

Chandler: Usually they're further behind right now...
Jure: I'm going to get you!
Even at full speed, she'll stick herself to your cheek.

Chandler: You do realize we are moving at full speed, kid?
Jure: I'm still going to get you!

...although it is much easier when you're standing still.

Jure: You're fun when you run.
Chandler: Want to try another round?


  1. We're jealous! Can we wrangle an invite for next time?

  2. Probably. :)
    I would have called you this time, but I figured you were busy with the holidays.