Lightning is my granddaughter Emma’s dog, but he truly loves me. Every time I go to Sarah and Keith’s house, I sit on the leather sofa because it is central, comfortable and I can protect myself as Lightning sprints through the door and takes a giant leap into my lap. He proceeds to give me sloppy, wet kisses all over my face. And his tail is wagging so fast that it is a blur. He barks incessantly with his shrill tenor voice. Sometimes he greets me with a little urine drip if he hasn’t been outside lately. I don’t mind because I love this dog.
Lightning is a dachshund with a very large personality. He is the larger dog in the picture above. The little fellow looking on is Mr. Jingles, Lightning’s running mate. He is not as exuberant as Lightning and often seeks a safe haven in Sarah’s lap. He’s not very fond of men in general.
If you notice in the picture, Lightning has what appears to be a rock in his mouth. It is a rock. Every time Hattie goes to the trampoline, Lightning tags along. The very first thing he does on arrival is to look for a mouth size rock. He digs vigorously around the edges of the rock and uses his paws to dig it out of its resting place. He then makes sure it is the correct size. His rock is never just any rock–it has to be just right.
When satisfied, he throws the rock into the air and pounces on it. He hits the rock with his nose, it rolls a few feet and he pounces on it again. He then hits the rock with his right paw, then his left and dribbles the rock for 6 feet or so like a soccer player. As Sarah and I sat watching Hattie do gymnastics on the trampoline, Lightning continued with his rock antics in the same order (mouth, nose, paws) for forty minutes. AMAZING. I have had lots of dogs, but never one that plays with rocks. By the way, he brings his favorites into the house and keeps them in the playroom.
Dogs are wonderful participants in this life.