Friday, August 18, 2017

Lobo And Lisa's Dinner Conversation

Out of all of our kids, Lobo is the most vocal. To be expected. He only has one hind leg. His single hind leg doesn't have full mobility due to an untreated injury prior to his rescue. Lobo is unable to go up and down the stairs or jump on the furniture or bed. He's not able to take long walks. His legs tire easily. Lobo has a vocal noise in various ranges for things he wants or needs. For example, if he wants to be on the sofa, he'll sit beside of the sofa and make a certain noise. If there's a chew bone on the bed that he wants, there's a noise he makes for that too.

Lobo is also the most sensitive. He gets frustrated easily because he can't jump up on the furniture by himself or play lengthy games of indoor fetch. When Lobo and Willa are playing, he needs to take frequent breaks. Willa, on the other hand, can go, go, go. Lobo will bark out of frustration. He'll also bark at Coco sometimes if he jumps up and down off the sofa multiple times. That's Coco's way of initiating play. Unfortunately, Lobo isn't able to join him.

This evening, while Lisa and I were at the table eating dinner, Lobo was out of sorts. He kept barking at Lisa. About 5 minutes into dinner, Lisa put him on the chair beside of her. Lobo usually sprawls out on the chair, but tonight he didn't. He sat up in the chair and made several of his noises. On several occasions, he tried to get on Lisa's lap.

Finally, as we neared the end of our dinner, Lisa put Lobo on the table. He sprawled out and faced Lisa. He made several of his, "Mom, I need to talk to you" noises. Lisa replied, "What do you need to talk about?"

For the next 10 minutes or so they went back and forth. Lobo made his noises and stopped. Lisa replied. Lobo responded.

They were having a conversation. I sat and watched the entire exchange.

When Lobo was done talking, he sat up. Lisa gave him a piece of cucumber and put him back on the kitchen chair. He sprawled out. Ate his cucumber. He was content.

I guess Lobo just needed to have a talk with Lisa.

When Lisa got up to clear the table, I asked, "So, what did Lobo have to say?"

Without missing a beat, Lisa replied, "He doesn't want me to tell you."


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