Power is a very happy dog.
He smiles all the time, never WHINES (thank God), and almost never barks. He eats well, sleeps well (at last) and in general is loving life.
However, he has one trait that has me a bit mystified. This trait is the mental one in which he walks along, thinks about pooping, so he stops, starts to squat, changes his mind, and walks on farther. After we have reached cruising speed, he decides to stop (pulls my arm out of the shoulder socket) and again he starts to squat. The squat begins to look genuine, but just at the final second he stands up again, and starts walking again.
He is eager to walk so we go on and get to cruising speed again, when he ...
You guessed it! He jerks my arm as he comes to his very important STOP. The squat seems very complete , and he actually starts to poop, but then he reverses the procedure, stands up, and on we go to walk more distance.
He is smiling all the while, and just as I am relaxing into the walk (again), he jerks to a halt and this time he completes his appointed task.
I am beginning to wonder if his smile is a secretive code to let the world know that he has the POWER to embarrass Mom each time he takes her for a walk. People are always asking Mom if he has a digestive problem! Or maybe he has a hemorrhoid bothering him? Or maybe he has pain in his anal glands?
One very KIND individual called the sheriff because she thought that I was guilty of animal cruelty! This very KIND woman took pictures of us walking to prove her point and showed them to the sheriff's deputy when he arrived. He was the canine officer so he was an accepted authority on the subject of dog abuse, and he kept saying that Power was really solid! Then he would run his hands over Power again( getting greyhound affection all the while!) and again would say " He's really solid." Finally the sheriff was ready to leave and he said to me that he knew abuse, and that this was definitely NOT abuse!
Surely Power couldn't be having fun with all this, COULD HE?!