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No, not our puppy. But you will recall the fence is down. This means that Puppy Riley has discovered she can bolt right into our yard and play! And we have cats!! And let me tell you that Leo and Junior are not impressed by puppy love. Leo holds his ground. He hisses and threatens. Meanwhile, Riley hops about and says, ‘Come on, let’s play!’ She doesn’t bark, but she really does want to play with the kittens. Junior makes a beeline for safety, which may include climbing a tree, dashing inside or running through a small spot in the fence.

The neighbors don’t seem to have much of a handle on keeping Riley contained. She’s a very smart dog. She comes to me when I call, and she knows I am going to take her home. She protests, but only for a second or two and then she follows me back. She invites me to play several times along the way and runs around me in a circle. Somehow, on this last visit, she managed to leave her collar somewhere at home so I couldn’t keep her next to me. She’s smart enough to listen though. Or maybe I’m just lucky she listened!

Leo is quite affronted by the situation. Sooner or later, Riley will get her nose clawed. Leo is somewhat used to dogs because he made friends with the Chi from the last neighbors. But when the Chi got into our yard, that Chi knew that Leo was boss. Riley isn’t too sure what kittens are all about. I’ve explained they aren’t “dinner” and they are “squeak toys.” Leo will have to finish the rest of the instructions.

Oh, life is always so interesting!

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Posted: September 2, 2017


  1. DD has an older cat and a two year old dog. The dog has never learned that the cat isn’t a playmate but the cat has learned to get out of the way. The dog is extremely playful not to mention rambunctious.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 2, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

  2. I am sure the dog teases the cat on purpose. They are smart. They know. 🙂 It’s quite obvious that Riley understands Leo is saying “No closer, fink.” It’s also quite obvious that Leo knows the dog is just a puppy and is giving her room to learn. Not much room, but some room.

    Comment by Maria — September 3, 2017 @ 8:54 am

  3. When I was growing up, we always had cats and dogs. They played together, ate together, slept together, and sometimes squabbled together, but they were friends. But they were usually adult, or nearly adult, animals. Tell Leo and Junior to hang in there. Puppy will settle down soon enough. Give both the boys skritches from me.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — September 3, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

  4. Leo was okay with the small dog and even the larger dog from the old neighbors–but the bigger dog was afraid of his own shadow so he certainly didn’t even sniff in Leo’s direction. This will be interesting. Riley is a beautiful chocolate lab and smart as dogs get. I think she’ll figure things out. Junior, well, it’s been almost 9 years since we took him in, and he’s still trying to decide if we’ll eat him for supper! Scritches handed out!

    Comment by Maria — September 3, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

  5. In my experience, dogs usually loose encounters with cats. And once they get a snoot full of claws they are more guarded around cats. But they (dogs) are always interested.

    Comment by Elisabeth — September 6, 2017 @ 11:57 am

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