Time-delayed hello.

I was walking my dog Dante and passed by a yard where another dog was tied up. The second dog barked at us. I couldn’t approach to say hello, since I knew neither the owners nor the dog.

This agitated Dante. He rushed to and fro for a few moments, then went straight for the nearest tree and marked it.

I wonder what was going through his tiny furry brain.

Perhaps he was asserting dominance by marking territory in reaction to being barked at.

But I’d like to think he was saying hello in the best way he could. “When you’re no longer tied up, you can get to know me over here.”

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