Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hurley, Puppy Protector Extraordinaire

As all truly great Hurley stories go, it happened on a trip to the dog park with the Hubster.

Hurley encounters a 10lb Shiba Inu puppy soon after arriving at our favorite dog park.  Hurley loves him some 10lb puppy but the dog's person initially freaks out, telling the Hubster that Hurley's too big and that he will hurt her.  Though we know that one of Hurley's best qualities is how gentle he is with small dogs and puppies, the Hubster calls Hurley to walk on, understanding that not everyone wants to play with a 90lb dog.  Hurley disobeys (because he loves him some small breed puppies) and after witnessing his gentle play bows, the Shiba's mom starts to relax.

Good thing she does because soon after, an altercation at the dog park breaks out.  Now, when fights happen at the dog park, Hurley's M.O. is to run and hide, usually behind our legs. He gets as far away from the fighting and as close to safety (us) as he possibly can.  This is another one of his best qualities.

But not today.  Today he crouches over his new-found friend.  He growls each time one of the dogs involved in the altercation gets too close.  He protects her.  The dog who normally gets as far away from confrontations as possible stays in the middle of a fight to protect his tiny new friend. 

So we now have a new nickname for our lil hero, Hurley the Puppy Protector. 

This week, instead of focusing on the Really, Hurley? moments (and he did have a couple doozies this week), I'm going to bask in the glow of Hurley's moment of heroism.  He's one helluva dog!

This dog = awesome!


  1. Aww, good boy!

    Silas was the only puppy in his playgroup who could be trusted not to treat the tiny Pomeranian like a squeaky toy. It's one of my favorite memories of his puppy months.

  2. That story brought tears to my eyes. Way to go Hurley!!

  3. That is so sweet. I would put up with much misbehaving for this quality in a dog.

  4. Hi Y'all!

    Hurley, congratulations! You are a true HERO!

    Just wanted to stop by and see how y'all are doin'. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Wow! Hurley you are a BADASS! Way to protect that little pup! You are amazeballs!

  6. Oh that's so sweet. Its so wonderful to see dogs doing their jobs as protectors...Fozzie has done the same thing toward my niece, and toward Lamar!

  7. GAH! Dog parks horrify me for reasons like that. Hurley is sooo sweet though. :) I hope you gave him an ice cream cone as a reward!

  8. That's amazing! Way to stand up for the little guy Hurley!

  9. That dog = super awesome

    Stop on by for a visit

  10. Aww, I love Hurley. He is so freakin awesome. He should come teach Desmond some dog park skills. Desmond's the dummy who is all like, "Hey guys, what's going on over here? What's the excitement all about?" whenever other dogs are having a bit of a tiff. He's so nosy and too dumb to realize he shouldn't get involved. And he's not at all aggressive or tough--dude has no idea what he's doing. Like a freshman trying to break up a fight between seniors.