Monday, May 09, 2011

Mabel + Boys = FUN!

I know I've mentioned before that the one thing Mabel most covets would be a boy of her very own. Preferrably in the 8 - 12 range. She has an unreal fascination with boys this age.

I blame this on my Godson. When Mabel was a pup, my Godson was about that age and he would stop by every day after school. He usually brought a few friends with him. I'm certain this was the seed of my girl's obsession.

It grew even more when my childhood best friend came to visit for a month with her husband and three kids. The two boys were 8 and 12. The younger one was Mabel's constant pal. And she made a big impression on him...he named his dog Mabel Lou (or Mabel Too or Mabel Lite as the grownups call her)!

It was a couple of boys that taught Mabel how to enjoy the ocean.

But I've mostly marveled at her boy behavior alone...I've never had a witness...until this week. Two boys were swimming in the creek and Mabel was instantly in love! And the BFF was there to catch it all on video.

I had oral surgery that day and wanted a short and easy walk. That was not to be! Mabel played and ran and nipped at her boys and so I did what I always do when I want her to come on. I left her. Now this will make her stop chasing a deer or a coyote but leave boys??? NO. FREAKING. WAY!

I walked all the way to the car with Bart and Barb before I realized I was going back in for Mabel! So much for easy! Only I got to the end of the levee where I left her and there were no boys and NO MABEL! I heard them down river and took off downstream.

I finally caught up to them about a quarter mile down where I found them and Mabel, their mom and TWO MORE BOYS! No wonder she wouldn't come!

I caught her and started to the car. We made it three steps before she froze and looked longingly at her boys. It was the LONGEST hike to the car EVER! Every three steps, Mabel stopped. She would hear them and stop. Finally I got her to take 10 steps before stopping. The whole way back, I know she was trying to figure out how to get back to them!

I plead my case to her:
  • I bet they have a dog tied up in the yard.
  • I bet they don't give their dogs marrow bones. 
  • They don't come to the creek every day.
  • They don't have a queen sized bed. 
  • They don't know the recipe to Mabel Lou stew.
  • They certainly don't drive a Jeep (perfect vehicle for Mabel's weird greyhound legs!).
No matter what I said...she just kept crying for them. It's hard to know the dog you love and adore would ditch you in a second for a 12 year old boy!

Here's the video the BFF made... I just adore how Mabel's tail will catch the water and create water lassos all around her (2:41).

The BFF likes to set her videos to music. The song "She" is one of my favorites. (Elvis Costello Knotting Hill Soundtrack)


Priscilla said...

What a beautiful video with a lovely girl playing with two happy boys and I love the song!
Great video!!!

It's so funny, Eva loves boys too and I have no idea why she's so fond of them at all. She adores young men and she will follow them whenever they go and her eyes are always full of admiration.
Well, I'm not happy with it and not proud of her at all :((

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hmmmm, any plans in the future to adopt a couple of special boy bipeds for Mabel? BOL

We think it is great that she has such great fun with the boys.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

rottrover said...

Oh! What a great video!! Mabel looks like she's having SO much fun! Her tail never stopped wagging - and the boys were so sweet, too.

It's funny; Bart and Gizmo LOVE boys, too. I always thought it was because the people that we got them from had twin 8 year olds. They came over to 'visit' about a week after we got B & G. The twins just picked up the puppies and carried them all over. And B & G have always just loved all boys. Now I'm thinking it has more to do with just that playful energy that boys have - and a little mischevious, too... That would certainly fit B, G and Miss M!!

Have a good week!

Linda@VS said...

What a great video! It makes my heart swell to see such a happy dog--and happy boys, too.

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

What a wonderful video, Mabel sure looks like she's having fun!

K9friend said...

That is such a sweet post. I wonder if you could possibly rent a boy for Mabel?


the booker man said...

miss mabel,

if you wagged your tail any faster, you might take off! heeheehee! playin' with boys and water -- all is right in the world for sures! :)

the booker man