I wrote something this morning that kind of put me in a blue funk, so in an effort to shake it off, I thought I'd share a little about some of Ray's idiosyncrasies regarding rain. Having quite a few of my own idiosyncrasies, I find it amusing that Ray can ge just as crazy as I am sometimes.
For many people, especially city dwellers who might not have a yard, it might seem like a luxury to have a nice, big fenced area where you could just open the door and your dog trots happily out to do his business or play. In theory, that would be nice, but Ray won't actually go outside alone. That means rain or shine, hot or cold my happy butt is standing outside with Ray. I don't mind it, because it's still time spent with my boy, but the times that he starts playing and its cold and he forgets to "go" but then wants to keep going outside...that gets old.
So, back to the rain. I've yet to find a decent raincoat for him, but considering some of his other oddities, I imagine the sound of rain hitting a slicker that he is wearing might just cause a nervous twich or something. At first, we started going out under an umbrella. That worked well enough for him that if I opened the back door and he saw that it was raining, he'd refuse to go out until I said, "Wait, I'll get the umbrella."
He then progressed to needing to actually having the presence of the umbrella, but not necessarily being under it. It just had to be there.
Becca, when she comes, takes him out front on a leash and that presents a whole different aspect of going outside. Sometimes if it is raining pretty hard, and he can't go out the back door, we've found he will go out front. On a leash. Near an umbrella. I can actually walk him on a leash without an umbrella from the front into the back. That's safe. I can also, sometimes if it's raining, clip his leash on and walk him out the back door in the rain and as soon as he crosses the threshold I can remove the leash.
Ah, life with Ray. He is never, ever boring. So tell us, what is the craziest and most random behavior you've noticed in your pets?