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Every superstar has them – those crazed, screaming fans who react at the mere sight of their object. And we ran into one up close and personal.
The day after Christmas. A perfect day for a hike with The Herd. And, while we were out, a few errands.
The Hu-Dad volunteered to stay in the Jeep with us. Yes, that meant he would have to forgo entering stores on the day after Christmas, but he seemed quite content with that option. He surveyed us quickly to see that we were each gawking out our respective window and then turned his attention to a good book.
A car parked beside us, facing in the opposite direction, so their passenger door faced our passenger door. Hanging out the rear passenger door of our Jeep was none other than Boom-Boom himself. Landon greets everyone and everything with great enthusiasm, so he was eager to say hello to his new neighbor.
The woman getting out of the car was busy speaking to her husband, who had apparently forgotten to bring dogs or a book and would, thus, be forced to actually enter the store. She had her full attention on the unwilling husband and had not yet glanced in our direction. He may have seen us, but he did not mention it.
She closed her door and turned to head across the parking lot – and abruptly came nose to nose with a certain blue-eyed bandit.
Maybe she thought that she was facing an actual bandit with a mask concealing his identity. Maybe she was excited to meet the Boom Boom. Or maybe she was just startled to find herself eye to eye with those icy blues. Regardless of what she thought, her reaction is what made it priceless.
Hu-Dad reacted in his usual sophisticated manner – he guffawed loudly until tears were streaming down his face. His weak efforts at apology were useless since he could not actually speak.
Fortunately, Landon’s new found friend did much the same – she leaned against her car and giggled uncontrollably. Once she was under some control, she complimented Landon on his good looks and enthusiastic greetings. He even scored an ear scratch or two.
Just a warning for you the next time you are out shopping and distracted. You never know when we might be there.
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I remember this one. Laughed til I cried. I needed a good belly laugh today.
That played out with Landon so perfect. Would have been a great video!!
Poor Boom Boom-I think the woman was probably just startled and that’s why she screamed! Reading the comments Hu-Dad about his history with the CAT I’m so glad he wound up with your pack. Our Bradley unfortunately has gotten rabbits but thank goodness no cats. Our hound mix Sadie on the other hand HAS gotten a kitten. Some dogs just seem to inherit that HIGH prey drive and some don’t. LOVE these Way Back Wednesdays!!!
Our 4 Sibes are notorious for “plucking” cats, squirrels and possums off our fence. Once, Gus caught a possum, tried to pull it down and it’s tail got caught between the fence boards. The poor critter hung like a tether ball. Not a pretty sight!
Mom sez: Unfortunately, where we live, there are some “macho” individuals who DO have large dogs tied in the back of their vehicles to “protect” said vehicle while they are in town. And these dogs are raised to NOT be friendly to anyone coming near them when they are “guarding their property”. We have seen instances where there is a vehicle parked beside another one, and the occupant of one accidentally brushes against the vehicle door while getting in or out of their vehicle, and all of a sudden, this huge “creature” lunges at them from the back of a pick-up, or an open rear window, resulting in much screaming, barking, and aggravation on both sides.
Hahah that’s hilarious! Great post, huskies are too cute. Thank you for sharing! 🙂 Julie
I laughed until I cried. I could just see that happening and it is priceless.
Have you ever had someone think a puppy was a coyote? When Rebel was about 6 months old I was taking him for a walk and a man stopped me and said “I did not think it was legal to have a coyote.” I told him Rebel was a Siberian Husky and not a coyote. He insisted he looked like a coyote. Frosty, Snowbandit and Storm were all mistaken for wolves but never for a coyote. Just last week a woman walking past my house asked if he was a wolf. Wolf I can see – but a coyote?
Never been called a coyote. And we have never understood wolf because once you see a wolf, you realize they are quite different than Siberian Huskies.
He is truly amazing.
So if he had a taste for cats, has he joined Typhoon in
The great rabbit watch of Sibequinten? I mean I am sure
Typhoon doesn’t need the help, still a willing volunteer is hard to turn down
Love this picture btw he looks so … spoiled which is good
Honestly, we don’t see the same intensity of prey drive in Landon that we do in Typhoon. Ty looks for rabbits the second he steps outside and is the most effective hunter out of his sheer speed and agility. Kiska is second best because she can be quite the stalker.
Landon would probably chase a rabbit if he saw one, but he doesn’t spend any time looking for them or any other creature (Voles are a popular target to dig for, but he has no interest in those either).
We suspect the cat incident was a crime of opportunity. We have never had him around a cat (and never will because of his history), but based on his low interest in hunting around the yard, we think it was one of those things that just happened.
Unfortunately, many people are not aware of what skilled hunters Siberian Huskies are.
Huskies are always a big draw, especially to other huskies. They’re so much fun. Landon seems so happy all the time. Does he have known history?
Landon had to leave his original home because of a taste for cats. Literally. As in, we know he can never be around a cat ever again. That got him into rescue which ultimately brought him to us.
Classic Siberian prey drive.
Now that would’ve been a fantastic film Friday!!!! ????????????
Did she ask if Landon was a wolf? That seems to be the typical reaction from non-Husky connoisseurs.
Not this time, but there is the moment that Typhoon was called a baby wolf – https://thethunderingherd.com/2015/09/20/baby-wolf/