"Is she always this shy?" Is a question I hear a lot when I'm out with Lucy. After observing her for a couple months I've decided that she just has a very discerning personality. She doesn't mess around being polite to people she doesn't like right off the bat. I don't know if they smell bad, look funny to her or put off some wicked vibe, but she's pretty blunt. She cocks her head to the side and I can just hear her thinking: you can crouch down and pat your leg as much as you want, pal. I'm not coming.
The first time it happened, she was still pretty new to me. Lucy and I were playing in the front yard when a guy working on the construction project next door stepped onto our side of the lawn. She instantly got all growly and into her if-I-could-bark-yet-I-would mode. This guy went on about how cute she was and how all dogs and kids loved him. Not mine. And I felt a little bad, like Lucy was being rude and hurting this guy's feelings. I gave him a treat to try giving her and stood by him as he tried to coax her over. She didn't flip him the bird or anything, but she made it clear she would have nothing to do with him no matter how hard he tried.
"Wow. Is she always this shy? I mean, really, because dogs always come to me."
"Ummm...yeah she is. I guess we'll have to work on that" (in truth? Shy? Not so much. She's pretty much a beef treat and belly rub whore)
I'm so stoked that she is already protective of me. Her little growl is kind of comical but I love that her instinct is already to have my back.