Nose To Nose

Sometimes when I’m here at The Aerie, Penny will run in from the backyard with quivering whimpering excitement. We will look at one another expectantly. A little wheeze will escape (her, not me) and I will relent saying, “Show me…”

C'mon! C'mon! C'mon! C'mon!

C’mon! C’mon! C’mon! C’mon!

Before I can finish, she’s off to the yard — waiting impatiently.

C'mon! C'mon! C'mon! C'mon!

C’mon! C’mon! C’mon! C’mon!

Usually, all I get is this. I mean, I’m sure there was something in the bushes, but typically it’s long gone.

It's Right HERE!

It’s Right HERE!

But today I stopped and caught a little glimpse on the rock. See it?

See it!?!?!

See it!?!?!

How about now?



Sadly for Penny, the fence kept her schnoz just out of reach and so we endured a bit of a pointer-lizard stand-off. Eventually, I had to encroach on the lizard’s space or I might have never gotten Penny back in the house.


39 thoughts on “Nose To Nose

  1. OMG, Penny is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I LOVE that she came to get you. My two little sausages just corner whatever they’ve found and bark at the top of their lungs, leaping forward to poke whatever it is with their sharp little dachshund noses. Poke, jump back, poke, jump back. Barkbarkbarkbark. (And there a hundreds and hundreds of lizards in our yard, too, so you can imagine how much of this goes on.)

    Penny is SO good to lead you to her find. What a special dog. The look on her face waiting for you by the door makes me want to hug her and kiss her! (And I love that great, big, gorgeous Mexican sage behind her! Salvia leucantha? Actually, I love everything visible in your yard, and the view beyond, as well.)

    Great post, Steve! Thanks for sharing such a fun moment.

    • Marcia — Penny is pretty fun in that she really does like to share what’s going on. And when we’re out on the chaparral, she always checks back to make sure that we’re in view.

      Nice pick out of the sage. The hummingbirds love it. We have to cut it out pretty hard every few months, it grows like a weed.

      • I thought I recognized the salvia. I love them, and that’s one I grow, too, though none of mine have ever looked that healthy and gorgeous. Penny just might be my favorite online dog! If I were ever planning on having another one, which I’m not, I think it would have to be one just like her. It’s always nice to get a Penny post.

  2. Penny is irresistibly adorable. I just realized, if she had longer hair she’d look a lot like my sister’s English Setter Skipper. Same coloring, same soulful eyes, and I bet they would get along great too.

    • cranky — The Beloved’s best friend has an English Setter and yes, they’re pretty close in temperament. Sadly, they live in New Hampshire — so that’s a long drive for a play-date.

  3. Photographic analysis has revealed that the “lizard” in question is really just a lizard-shaped leaf, the eyes are raisins left from a bran cereal breakfast Steve had enjoyed earlier, and the alleged scuttling motion of its departure was caused by an errant breeze from a neighboring ionizing air filter.

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