Thursday, August 06, 2009
#5 - Wanna’ hang with me, dog?
(Sadie as a tiny little puppy)
His Mom said he was scared of dogs. He was a little bit apprehensive, so I made sure that we stood near the door until he could get used to her size. I always knock and ask if it’s okay if we come in for a visit. She said we could come in, but not to get close to the bed.
Well, when Jamal saw Sadie, his mouth dropped to the floor and I thought that this visit might be over before it started. Jamal wanted to know if Sadie was a police dog, and I told him that she was a therapy dog and was there just to visit with him. All he wanted to know was if she was going to bite him.
I explained that she didn’t know how to bite; all she knew how to do was to lick. I asked if it was okay if I brought her close to the bed and that I would turn her around so that he would have her tail to pet and that I would have her head. He thought that that was cool and said it would be okay to bring her closer.
Jamal had lots of questions about Sadie, like how old was she, did she have any brothers or sisters, things like that. She usually gets tired of just standing, so after a few minutes, she just sat down. When she does this, the kids either stop petting her or move close in order to scratch her head. So Jamal asked if it would be okay if Sadie got on the bed with him. I turned and asked his mom if it would be okay and she was shocked that he asked. She asked Jamal if he knew what he was asking and he said yes, so she said it would be okay.
Well, you’d have to see how her getting on the bed affects the kids. They just don’t realize how big she is until she does this. So I told Jamal to get himself in one corner of the bed so that she could jump up. I also explained that she was going to take up most of the room on the bed. So Jamal scooted into one corner and called Sadie up. She jumped up and just stood on the bed and dwarfed him so that no one could see Jamal behind Sadie. I heard this little voice behind Sadie say, "You wanna’ hang with me, dog?"
I put Sadie in a down and laughed so hard to see Sadie and Jamal hanging out together. We got a picture of him hugging her neck. Jamal’s mom just kept saying that she was amazed because he is so afraid of dogs and here he was letting Sadie on the bed and him just petting and loving on her.
Sadie and Jamal hung out for the longest time, and they ended up being great pals.