I remember in some ancient cartoon, one of the characters said “the bigger they are, the harder they fall.” Our dog Leto is the largest dog in our canine pack and it shows. He has a hard time sneaking up on anyone, not only because of his size, but also because he’s sort of a klutz. All our dogs have nicknames and recently, we dubbed Leto “Thunder Clod.”
On the daily walk, he will come pounding through the forest and it sounds like a herd of antelope crossing the Serengeti. However, Mr. L does not move with the grace of an antelope.
Some dogs look really pretty when they run. If you’ve ever seen agility trials for example, you might have seen border collies race around poles and leap over hurdles. They are incredibly graceful and it’s amazing to watch them in action.
Leto isn’t like that. He doesn’t run; he galumphs, and his goofy ears flop up and down around his face. When he comes barreling down a trail through the forest, it’s generally best to just get out of the way. When it comes to Thunder Clod, it’s not the thunder you need to worry about; it’s the clod part.