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!|