Say Hello to My Little Friend

On account of the Canine Influenza epidemic, Chicago’s dog scene is currently the anti-social network. We can’t hang at our usual haunts but the weather is gray and rainy so at least we’re not missing out on beautiful days.

While we can’t be social, I’ve been thinking about all the socialization the pups do get from our usual trips. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how Eko and Penny prefer to introduce themselves. Not surprisingly, Eko and (especially) Penny are both quite direct.


“The name’s Penny. Nice doing business with ya.” 


“Good to see you again, Doc!”

Eko likes to sniff hello to all the pups in our area of the beach, but if Penny sees a new dog enter the park half a mile away she dashes off to introduce herself. Even if they’re otherwise engaged.


“Hey, I know you’re playing fetch, but do you have a minute to talk about being friends?”

And sometimes she’s so eager to say hello that other dogs never even see her coming.


Penny-hug incoming in 3…





Luckily Penny hit the skids and her new friend (and your brave photographer) were able to jump out of the way. Penny can’t help it, she just loves making new pals.


“Hi, I just have to say I love your jacket.”


“And your hair, my gosh! You must tell me what conditioner you use.”

As a young puppy, Penny was convinced every dog was her best friend. Thankfully she’s learned that not all dogs are extroverts like her.


“Fine then, I’ll go find other friends.”

Eko was a wild extrovert in his youth too, so I suspect Penny will also settle down from “life of the party” to “social butterfly.” Or at least that’s my hope.

But there is certainly more than one way to make friends. Does your pup like to chase? Be chased? Wrestle? Play fetch with pals? Or do they just prefer to do their own thing?

26 thoughts on “Say Hello to My Little Friend”

  1. Good luck with the settling down from “life of the party” to “social butterfly.” Sam is 9-1/2 and still the extreme social butterfly though more like Eko with his exuberant greetings but they are less sustained than when he was younger (plus he’s easily distracted with the next thing on his travails-usually by any accompanying biped). 🙂

  2. Haha I love the way Penny introduces herself to new friends! If you can believe it, Daisy may be even a touch crazier than Penny in her introductions – she pounces and jumps all over even BIG dogs and usually they’re not too impressed. Maybe Daisy and Penny have a soul connection somewhere… 😉

  3. Hobbes, our Vizsla is definitely a greeter like Penny. He is anxious to go see everyone as soon as his feet hit the sand at our dog beach and not just the dogs, well initially the dogs but then the people too. As soon as the leash is off he is off like a shot, zooming up and down looking for anyone who will run with him. Not too many dogs are faster than him so it is typically him being chased at first. He will also do the play bow/play bark to get things going and has resorted to stealing toys to get other pups to chase him. Funny his favorite friend on the beach is a RR pup named Louis and they have a blast together running, wrestling and playing tug!

  4. she just cracks me up. sorry my friend, she is a fire sign, I am fairly certain she is going to continue to be super exuberant and gregarious!!! Dakota is more of a “do my own thing” kinda guy….he would probably be afraid of Penny! lol


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