A blog by Walter the Dog
Inciting (or Exciting) Excellence
I guess you could call me an excitable guy. It’s just my nature. Matt tries his darndest to hold me back when someone comes to our door. It’s in vain, however. I always find a way to break his tackle and give the proper greeting of licking, barking and jumping. I think that’s the way Matt wants it. It’s one of the fun games we play. He pretends he doesn’t want me leaping all over UPS delivery men and other assorted house guests, but you know deep down he appreciates my aggressive welcoming skills. I’m the extrovert in our man/dog relationship.
It’s the same routine every time. He grabs my collar and wraps an arm around my neck and yells “Walter, calm down! No, Walter. No!!”
I respond with my trademark tongue-wagging, heavy-breathing, full-body hop and squirm complete with well-timed and pitch-perfect barks. It really sets the mood for anyone entering our home. You know you’ll be getting a heaping helping of overwhelming affection and attention for the duration of your visit. Heck, I should have a vest and a name tag, considering I put more effort into greetings than anyone that’s ever donned such a uniform at Walmart. I’m serious. Maybe I’ll have Matt pick me up a red cotton vest(he does most of my personal shopping.)
Brendan seems to be a guy that gets it. He comes by once a week so he and Matt can do their podcast. I like to hang in the room while they record…and sometimes I’ll even chime in. It’s not a bad show, although it cuts into my tug-of-war time with Matt.
When Brendan shows up, Matt and I begin our aforementioned choreographed struggle. We wrestle toward the front door like adversaries in an action film reaching for a dropped gun. I bark majestically and let Brendan know that he will be welcomed into our home…just be patient my friend. Oddly enough, Brendan often responds in kind, with a human’s take on barking. It’s an interesting phenomenon. He mimics my sounds- in what I don’t believe to be a mocking tone, but more as a way of paying tribute. Truth be told, it’s an atrocious cacophony of sound that emanates from that man’s growly throat…but don’t tell him I said that because we’re mostly cool.
Eventually Matt opens the door and lets Brendan in. As always, I break free and give our guest a proper greeting. If I possessed the physical ability to wink at Matt, I would at that point. It would be kind of a way of saying well-danced, partner. I imagine it’s the same pride Maksim Chmerkovskiy felt after a strong routine with Hope Solo on Dancing with the Stars, except without all the behind-the-scenes slapping.
Anyway, I feel my exuberance transfers over to the guys and helps them do a good show…at least most of the time. That’s what I bring to the table. I can only hope that my excitement will continue to rub off on all those I encounter.
Walter the Dog’s musings can be heard weekly on Matt & Brendan, part of the Steve Dahl Network.