What the?

Miles surprised me twice today. First, after I wrote yesterday that he doesn’t like other dogs Miles made a new friend. A fluffy puppy ambled up to us and Miles fell in love. The two of them rolled around, chased each other, and barked. It sounded like happy barks and no teeth were showing so I took that as a positive sign.

Don’t think that Miles has never had dog friends. He has. But he’s a snob. He prefers Boston Terriers (BT). When we lived in Boston, another BT lived in our building. Miles adore this BT named Fred. When Fred’s parents divorced and Fred had to move away I think Miles was more heartbroken than the couple who divorced. I was relieved though. Fred was an adorable dog, but every time he came over he pooped in my front room. If Fred’s parents are reading this, I’m sorry you have to find out this way.

The new buddy is not a BT. I didn’t snap a photo yet since I don’t want to get my hopes up. Maybe today was a fluke and Miles will act like a jerk tomorrow. I’m hopeful, but cautious.

On our walk home, Miles shocked me again. As we walked by the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, Miles stopped right in his tracks. I called his name. No reaction. Then I saw his red ball roll out of his mouth. The red ball that he’s obsessed about. The one we keep in the freezer so he can’t smell it or he won’t sleep. If you think I’m lying, I’m not. We actually keep his ball in the freezer. Once I left it out overnight and when I woke up in the morning, Miles was still staring at it with the reddest eyes I’ve ever seen.

At first I thought Miles would dart after his ball. He drops it a lot, but quickly retrieves it. But no. He continued staring. I tried pulling on his leash. He planted his feet firmly. He wanted to take it all in. What did Miles see?

He’s very popular and I couldn’t get a photo without people.

Can’t tell if this elf is used to being in the limelight.

This woman is just as shocked as Miles.

Santa, I think Miles would like a new red ball this year.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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31 Responses to What the?

  1. niasunset says:

    WOW! Miles falls in love… The red ball story is amazing… I love dogs, yes, yes, so much, as much as cats… I missed now our Haydut and Pasha… This is so beautiful to wake up with a dog smiles… 🙂 Last weekend he came to my bed and just stayed for a few minutes, but it was so nice. They are different from cats, 🙂 Have a nice walking days with Miles, I hope Santa will bring big presents this year! Thank you dear TBM, love, nia

    • TBM says:

      Miles and Atticus (the cat) are exact opposites. Miles teaches me how to enjoy life and how to have fun. Atticus teaches me that’s he’s a king and I am his loyal subject. But I love both of them!

      • niasunset says:

        yes, you exactly expressed so nicely, my little Princess same too… But I love them both too… Blessing and Happiness all of us with our little friends, love, nia

  2. niasunset says:

    sorry for my grammer mistakes 🙂 I noticed now.

  3. I think you might need to take a different route next time…..seriously–it gets earlier every year. Our local HyVee has cut Christmas trees in front of the store now. It is November 15th, folks. How many needles do you think will be left on those by December 25th????

    • TBM says:

      The grocery stores here have had Christmas stuff up for over a month. It amazes me. I don’t suggest buying a real tree right now–fire hazard!

  4. Sorry – still laughing about the other dog pooping in your house 😉 Would love for Miles to meet my two – maybe they´d all be little doggy pals!

  5. bocafrau says:

    It does get earlier and earlier every year no matter where you look it’s there… Miles and his ball crack me up. 🙂

  6. Ohhh Miles!!! He is such a cutie. You should do Miles Mondays 😛 Lots more pictures of Miles please! I’m so glad Flatpac is toilet trained, I would be mortified if she pooped in someones house. She holds it until we get home. How lady like!

  7. jmgoyder says:

    A snobby dog – haha!

  8. pattisj says:

    I hope Miles has a new friend. Sounds like he was mesmerized! lol That is too funny about having to keep his ball in the freezer. Poor Miles.

  9. 7zonesabroad says:

    This is way we need plastic trees, Christmas can start in September!

  10. The freezer story is hilarious! Ah, those crazy dogs with OCD…

  11. Novroz says:

    Santa is already around? that’s really fast.

    I enjoy every bit of miles story…thank you for sharing it. Pets are really cute

  12. Fergiemoto says:

    It’s hard to believe that adorable little Miles is a snob. Such a cute story!

  13. nrlymrtl says:

    Miles wants the big, jolly, round, red man, huh? I think you need to get Miles one of those large yoga balls, like for balancing on and sitting at your desk…..in red of course.

  14. Reggie surprises me constantly too. Just the other day, we met a woman on his walk who wanted to pet him. He doesn’t like when strangers pet him right away. (He’s very particular!) So I told the woman that but she leaned over and started petting him anyway. And you know what? He was so excited. His tail was wagging and he was circling around and around. Made me look like a fool! 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Miles has turned making me look like a fool into an art form. He loves having people pet him and actually gets hurt feelings if people don’t. But he hates most dogs. And when I tell other dog owners that my dog is skittish and then Miles plays with their dogs they look at me like I’m the snob. I wish Miles would get along with all dogs, because when he starts getting defensive, that makes me look like a fool as well. Having dogs is an adventure. I never know what will happen on each of our walks. Miles would make an interesting character in a children’s book.

      • Miles has the perfect, lovable face for a children’s book!

        Reggie doesn’t mind passing by people on the sidewalk, he just doesn’t like when they reach over and pet him. I think he gets scared. Once he gets to know someone, he’s okay with lots of pats. Especially if the person has treats! 🙂

        But every now and then he’ll just gravitate toward someone for reasons I can only guess. And then they think that I’m overly sensitive. But I want to tell them: if you only knew that he just growled at a guy on the next block for doing that same thing. Ha. I’m so glad I’m not alone.

      • TBM says:

        I feel the same way when Miles goes after one dog and then plays with the next. I’m like, “No really, he’s a jerk most of the time, I swear.” Miles won’t even take treats from people unless they have people food. He hates dog treats. I have to mix veggies in with his dog food to get him to eat it. And i have to add hot water. He’s so spoiled and yet he acts like he doesn’t get enough! I think Miles and Reggie are two peas in the same pod and we are wrapped around their little paws.

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