I’m not sure if I shared this fun fact about Walter, but if not, it’s time I did. Don’t tell him I mentioned this or he might be embarrassed. What am I saying? Walter is never embarrassed. Walter doesn’t care what the world thinks of him. Not one iota. He just goes about doing his Walter things, in his Walter way.
This particular Walter thing embarrasses me, however. You see, when Walter gets very excited, he pees a little. Or, depending on the situation, he pees a lot! When someone he likes comes to the house, he will jump up and down ecstatically while sprinkling the floor with pee. This is very embarrassing. Especially if it happens when a stranger comes to visit. Someone new can be rather surprised to see a Great Dane pee in excitement! How do you say to someone: “Hey, he likes you! Look at that, he peed!” Yeah, it’s not something I brag about.
That’s bad enough, but this wouldn’t be much of a story if it ended there. A quick mop-up and an apology can usually remedy that problem quickly. But if he gets too close to the person coming in the door, he’s been known to pee on their foot! I am not one who likes to entertain, but having my dog pee on a guest’s foot is going a little too far!
But that isn’t the worst of it. Now I will say that this is probably not all Walter’s fault. Mostly, but not all. I’ve often written about the gal who comes to clean/landscape/dog sit for us. Wendy is a marvel. And Wendy loves Walter. More to the point, Walter LOVES his Auntie Wendy. He gets very excited when he sees her. We have already ascertained what Walter does when he gets excited. You know what’s coming…
Now, this is where I have to explain why this incident wasn’t completely Walter’s fault. Wendy likes to play with him and get him all worked up. She will pretend to step on his toes and chase him around. There have been vacuum cleaner wars and games of hide and seek. They will be all over the place as they play. This particular time, Wendy reached down for a dog toy and that was so exciting that Walter took his chance and peed on her head! This behavior would normally embarrass me no end, but I think she asked for it. She knew how he is and she knew the risks of playing with him like that. I might not have been terribly sympathetic. Actually, I might have laughed uproariously.
But this wasn’t the ‘crowning glory’ of Walter’s urinary indiscretions. Not long ago, Walter had to go to a vet he normally doesn’t see. He needed a quick, minor procedure done and she took him out back to perform it. A few minutes later the tech returned him to me and he was all happy. Since he wasn’t used to this vet, I asked how it went. The tech said: “He peed on her head!” I’m not sure what kind of relationship this tech had with the vet, but she said it with a big grin on her face. After a very embarrassing moment, she tried to reassure me that it happens all of the time. Somehow, I think she was just trying to make me feel better. I mean, how many dogs would do that? How many could!?
Do you know how hard it is to skulk shamefully out of a vet’s office with a bouncy Great Dane riling up all of the other patients? There was no uproarious laughter this time. Walter was happy as can be, but I was the one leaving with my tail between my legs.