Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Athena's Got a Boyfriend...

Athena is very much a single lady who likes to scope out her dating options while out and about.  But, there's one dog in particular that makes Athena get all googley-eyed.

Meet Hercules:
The first time that Athena met this handsome dog was on a typical morning walk.  When I say typical, I mean that we can always expect to have the pleasure of meeting at least one off-leash dog  Our first encounter with Hercules was when he ran from his front yard to greet Miss Athena.  It was love at first sight for the both of them.  Athena did not greet Hercules with her usual play bow, play bow, play bow, "hey let's play!" attitude, but instead she whined and whined.  The two of them calmly sniffed one another and whined excessively.

The next time that we walked by Hercules' yard, he ran out again for another off-leash greeting.  This was when we learned that his name is Hercules because his owner called him back to the yard and scolded him with a, "Hercules!  You know that you aren't allowed to leave the yard!"  Yeah, I'm sure he really knows that he's not allowed to leave the yard when you leave the gate wide open...
But back to the love story, Athena and Hercules get to see each other at least a couple of times per week on our morning walks.  We can usually count on Hercules being in his front yard waiting for his girlfriend to walk by.  Unlike most dogs in the neighborhood, Hercules does not bark at us.  Instead, he whines and howls as if to say, "Athena, you are so beautiful!"  Athena tries her best to lead us over to Hercules' yard as she whines right back at him.

Of course I googled "Why do dogs whine at each other?" and found a list of different reasons why these two lovebirds might have the urge to whine.  We are simply assuming that they whine because they want to greet or play with one another.  I probably don't help the situation much though because whenever we are nearing Hercules' yard I start my lovebird talk with, "Is your boyfriend out today Athena?"

Any other thoughts about why Athena and Hercules do this major whining at each other (I might be upset though if you don't believe that it's due to true love).  Also, any ideas as to what breed of dog Hercules is?

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  1. Athena and Hercules sitting in a tree, w-h-i-n-i-n-g!

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  2. Hurley whines all the time. I think a lot of it is conversation we don't quite understand - Athena and Hercules just have lots to say to each other! And it just might be whinings of love. I have yet to figure out why Hurley whines at some dogs and not others - part of it is wanting to play but that's not the entire story because he does the play bow thing too without whining.

    I would guess Shepherd mix for Hercules.

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    1. I agree that it's some sort of conversation that we don't fully understand. Whatever they are talking about though, it sure is cute to watch!!

      And yes, I can see Hercules being some sort of Shepherd mix. Thanks!!

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  3. Athena fell for the boy next door! Hercules is a cutie, although I have no idea what mix of breeds he is.

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    1. She sure did fall for the boy next door! Her parents totally approve too because Hercules is a sweetie!!

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  4. I love it that you google everything about your dog, I do that too! The funniest is reading anything on Yahoo answers where people generally have no idea what they're talking about, but state everything as a fact.

    Maybe if you ever see Hercules' owner(maybe just not in a situation where they are pretending to scold him) you could ask if they could have a play session. I think the whining means they want to interact! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeze:D

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    1. Oh yes, I Google EVERYTHING related to Athena! My favorite thing is to read the Yahoo answers though. People are CRAY-ZAY on there! I'm glad I'm not the only one who obsessively Google's though =)

      We might just have to suggest a play date with Hercules =)

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    2. My favorite thing I have searched has got to be "why did my female dog just hump my male cat?" Most answers on yahoo were "because she loves him." Of course, I should have known that.

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  5. Kylie always whines when she sees dogs in the neighborhood! It's adorable. However, at Petsmart she likes to make some more intimidating noises when she gets bored and sees dogs. :(
    Athena and Hercules, too cute! They are whining because they are singing a love song, of course!

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    1. So glad that you agree that Athena and Hercules are whining due to true love =)

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