With the exception of some men, Oreo likes people. When new people walk in the door he just absolutely has to see them and sniff them and make sure that they don’t have any treats for him. Often people will want to pet him or give him affection, but unless you have a treat for him, he’s really not that interested. He’ll let you pet him for a minute and then he moves on.
However, if people are jumpy around him or seem to not like him then Oreo is far more likely to stay close to them and bug them. I like to think that he is trying to prove that he’s a sweet, loveable dog and that they should love him. But in truth, I’m pretty sure he’s thinking “Oh, you don’t like big dogs? Well this is MY house! Mwhahaha! I will annoy you until you leave!” Yeaaaah…
Anyway, in general, this sweet mutt of mine adores his momma and daddy (that’s me and Christopher for those of you who are normal people and don’t call yourself parents to your pets, haha!). And he looooves his Kelsi (one of the girls I mentor and his regular dog sitter). And he really liked Tony (our friend who lived with us for 6 months). And he is partial to the way my father-in-law gives him a good rub down. And that’s about it. Otherwise he likes people just fine, but he doesn’t want to be besties with them.
So when my sister, Abby came to stay with us, I was curious to see how they would interact. Abby is one of my few family members who actually likes pets, but again Oreo is picky about who he gets attached to. So on the first day when Abby invited Oreo up on the couch to sit with her, he wasn’t quite sure what to do. He jumped up on the couch with her and laid awkwardly on top of her lap and stared at her trying to figure her out.
Naturally I took a picture because it was so hilariously awkward looking. Oreo was trying to figure her out. He stayed there for a couple of minutes and then hopped down to come sit with Christopher and me.
The first day when I came home from work to find Abby and Oreo snuggled up on the couch I couldn’t believe my eyes.
You guys don’t understand… Oreo doesn’t cuddle with other people. Us and Kelsi. That’s it. So for him to take to Abby so quickly was SO strange. But it continued for the whole two weeks that she stayed with us.
We still don’t know why Oreo took to Abby so quickly and completely, but he sure did love to cuddle with her while we were gone during the day (and even sometimes at night when we were all home!). Abby says it’s because he knows that she’s his “Aunt Abby”. Abby stayed with us for two weeks and left over this past weekend. But she’ll be back soon and when she is, Oreo will be ecstatic. 🙂