We had such great expectations. Danny, our rescue dog, was invited to a play date last weekend. A play date with a cat, no less.
Our friend’s mom had heard all about Danny — I guess some people do read this blog — and desperately wanted to meet Danny and introduce him to her dear cat, Romeo. So, a date was arranged for last weekend.
Since we adopted Danny two months ago, he has interacted wonderfully with our two cats. In addition, he gets along famously with Ace, the Maltese down the street, and enjoys cordial meetings with the dogs he encounters on the street.
So, we felt confident that Danny’s play date would be a success.
Saturday rolled around and we prepped Danny for his date with Romeo. We wrapped his favorite bandana around his neck and even sprayed him with doggie cologne. Then, we headed out the door, got in the car, and drove over to meet Romeo.
Danny sauntered into the house and peered around the corner looking for his new playmate. “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?”
Romeo appeared and the two immediately engaged in a stare down. Danny held his ground, despite several snarls from Romeo. Clearly, Romeo wasn’t keen on another animal moving in on his turf.
Danny wanted to play, but Romeo wasn’t cooperating. Then, Romeo took several swipes at Danny. A number of hisses followed and, before we knew it, Romeo was climbing the shutters. He was clearly agitated. Danny wasn’t sure what to make of this, but he certainly wasn’t picking up those non-verbal cues.
It was time to separate the two species. Romeo was banished upstairs while Danny was left to wonder what he did to trigger such a reaction. Clearly, this was a play date gone terribly wrong.
I guess the moral of this story is that you can’t force a relationship that just isn’t there. We’ve all been there, haven’t we?
So, where do we go from here? Maybe, just maybe, there’s a cat named Juliet that might be more compatible with Danny.
Danny’s left to wonder what went wrong with his play date with Romeo.