When you have a dog like “Bear”, there is never a dull moment. From the time he was a puppy, he had a mind of his own. He is a Golden Retriever with the emphasis on “retriever”. We have a box outside our door that I put all the offerings he has taken from our neighbors and dropped for me at the back door.
The neighbors know enough that if they are missing something they left on their door step, it is in the box. It helps that our neighbors are relatives.
From the time Bear was a puppy, he developed an open door policy with cars. If you leave your car door open for even a minute, he will jump in and want to go for a ride. Maybe I should rephrase this, he will demand to go for a ride. Once Bear gets in the vehicle, he is not getting out until it has at least gone around the block.
You would think it would be easy to get a dog out of a car, even if he is being stubborn. Not Bear, he does this thing so you cannot move him. He lays flat and lets all his muscles go so that he becomes dead weight. He weighs 121 pounds and there is just no budging him when he plays dead.
Bear will always get a ride in any car he is lucky enough to get in. Sisters, mothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends have all had to take Bear for a ride through the years. He is quick and even if you are standing there with the car door open just a bit, he will slide by you and up into the car seat.
The only way to get him out, is take him for a ride. Even if the ride is only down the street and back, once he has gotten his ride he jumps out of the car as soon as the door opens for him.
It is well known activity of Bear’s with family and friends. They close the door quickly behind them when coming and going. Most have had Bear jump in their car at least once in the ten years he has been with us.
One hot summer day, the Fed Ex man came up the driveway to make a delivery and he didn’t close his door. Bear saw the opportunity and jumped in. He nestled among the packages and would not get out. The Fex Ex man was really nice and he thought it was funny that the dog was taking such a stand against getting out of the truck.
The family paraded out to the driveway with Bear’s favorite toys, dog treats, and even a piece of steak and he would not move. When we would grab his collar to try and nudge him out, he did his dead stance and wasn’t going anywhere.
The only thing that would make Bear move from one spot to another if he didn’t want to was the hose, but that was not an option in a truck full of paper wrapped packages. So, the Fed Ex man did what everyone else has had to do when Bear has jumped into their vehicle. He took Bear for a ride around the block.
Once the three minute ride was over, the Fed Ex truck pulled into the driveway and as soon as the door opened, Bear jumped out. He got his ride.
It is funny to see the Fed Ex man now when he delivers packages to our home. He looks both ways, jumps out of the truck and closes the door behind him. He was such a good sport about taking Bear for a ride that day, but he is careful to make sure it does not happen again.