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11 July 2010 @ 11:41 pm
Sunday near the park with dogs  
Mr Brammers and I went for an afternoon walk to pick up cat food, a gentle walk of twenty-odd minutes each way. It goes through the dog park, where we were investigated by many dogs in case of either food or things which could be thrown. Alas, we came up short and were sent on our way.

The way ambles past the nice pub, where a couple of Irishmen were outside with their kelpie. The kelpie sized us up in one keen glance. First he pulled the face of plaintive loneliness. Then faint hope. When we slowed our steps and smiled at him, his ears pricked up in surprised delight, at which point he rolled over in case we would be so good as to scratch his tummy.

Of course, the dog had the right of us and we were both patting him as soon as the owners gave a nod and we drew level. "You poor wee beast," I said. "Clearly never been loved!"

"How many people has he sucked in so far?" Mr Brammers asked the dog's owners.

They had lost count.
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on July 11th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAH! Clever hound!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 11th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
I swear, they could turn it into a very successful scam if they added a little sign saying 'Owners poor, will lick for small monies!'
ex_oddishly on July 11th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Adorable wee beast is adorable. And crafty. *g*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 11th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
I miss having a dog! They can sense people who miss them (and scam them for pats!)
Eli/Ellie/ellie_norellie_nor on July 11th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a thoroughly pleasant afternoon :-)

(But I read 'kelpie' and had a mental image of an Irish gentleman with his hand on the collar of a small, black, scaly, shiny horse with blank eyes. *shudders*)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 11th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
HA! Another case of the Australian meaning of a word over-writing the original in my head!

Though naughty kelpies of both types have many similarities. Happily, this was a dear, sweet fellow.
illereynillereyn on July 11th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ample evidence that pets are the _real_ masters of this world.

This reminds me of this webcomic:

blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 11th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's all too true! And Two Lumps is a great comic. Our house is not unfamiliar with the phenomenon of one thick cat and one cunning beast, but our cunning one is thankfully sweet and limits her cunning to the acquisition of laps and hideyholes.
Hueyphoenixacid on July 11th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's one clever doggie! *pats him*
la_marianela_mariane on July 11th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Dogs are so clever. We think we own them but the truth is they own us.

And I miss having a dog underfoot, I need to find a nice dog that will adopt me.
auntpurl: holy shit I love youauntpurl on July 11th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I don't know how to comment on one of your entries except to say: I love you.
Lilliputian722lilliputian722 on July 12th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I love dogs! They just want friends or food (kinda like me, ha!). So simple.
dylansbuzzdylansbuzz on July 12th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
See, yet more proof that animals are far smarter than humans. If I looked sad and rolled over in public, I'd just be walked around and whispered over. No one would stop and pet my tummy.


shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on July 12th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
J-cat used to set himself up on the front steps of a morning and every afternoon to collect pats from people walking to and from work. There is a small dog (fox terrier) living next door now though and he has free run of their front patio, so my poor J-Cat no longer feels safe going trolling for his pats.
Welcome to Ant Country: Hudson with flowerant_queen on July 12th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
Yup, dogs are the masters of the "I need love" look. I swear the only reason Hudson was forgiven for his early trespassing into various neighbours yards wreaking minor havoc was the fact that he looks like such a goofy sook you can't stay mad at him.

And for some reason I'm reminded of "Carl's Dog Story" by Garrison Keillor.
Brissygirlbrissygirl on July 15th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
LOL and of course you got sucked in! :D