Mabel is an old girl now. She used to run to the front door when we had visitors, certain anyone who graced our porch was there for her. Now, she's far more judicious about leaving her comfortable bed.
Last night, Hank & Sue's mom popped by to drop off some veggie rice she had made. I happened to be on the front porch recycling my gray water (Hey, it may be snowing everywhere else, but here, it's a multi-year drought!). It was cold and we exchanged greetings and said goodby rather quickly. I turned to go into the house to find a very sad Mabel standing behind me on the front porch. Mabel had heard our visitor and was certain she would get some Auntie lovin' but was most disappointed to find her already driving away.
I petted her for a second and said, "Auntie's leaving. Let's go inside."
What Mabel apparently heard was, "Let's GO!"
She took off across our front yard in the direction of the Rhodie house! I caught up to her and told her we had to go in OUR house. Mabel hung her head and walked back. On the porch, she turned and looked in the direction of our friend's house...so sad.
Inside, I had barely locked the door when there was a knock. Auntie had returned!!! Mabel was overjoyed!! They had a good visit and roll on the floor.
It seems that Auntie had seen the sad girl on the porch and just couldn't bare it!