The other week a friend asked if she could stay with me for a few days so that she could go to a conference close by however she also wanted to bring her 2 dogs with her and would I look after them whilst she was at the conference. I was delighted I love dogs and these 2 collies are an absolute delight. However, I also have a neighbour with 2 dogs – a Springer Spaniel and the largest Scottish Terrier you have ever seen, and these two I take for walks regularly. So here I was with 4 dogs to walk.
The archetypal springer – non- stop running, tail wagging continuously; the ponderous Scottish terrier – sniffing all the time, doing his own thing and the 2 collies – well behaved but obsessive in different ways; in other words a real handful and a quickness needed to keep an eye on them all. As we were walking through the woods near me, 3 of the dogs were running on in front and the Scottish Terrier was ambling along behind sniffing everything he could. The movement of the Spaniel immediately brought to mind some writing I had seen recently – the writing flowed across the page, it was lively and there was a lot of rhythm there, albeit the lower zone in the writing was showing some signs of wear and tear in the knee region. This then made me start to think about the other dogs and how, if they could write, it would look.
Toby, the Scottish Terrier would have slow writing, it would be “planted” on the base-line, showing a practical reality to life. Toby likes his food and regularly buries bones for future use, and therefore there is a likelihood of showing Orality in the writing. Oral personalities have generally had issues around nurturance early in life and we know that Toby was a rescue dog but do not know his history prior to that. He actually fits the mould very well as he is quite dependent, very endearing, wanting to be loved but is also very strong and wiry in build; ‘It’s OK to depend on other people sometimes. Your strength is admirable, but we all need help and love.’ He is also fat and hungry most of the time.
Toby is interested in everything and really quite like’s people, but the people thing is very much on his terms so the chances are the writing would be left slant. However he is also a confirmed flirt and an absolute charmer where the ladies are concerned – females both of the doggy kind and human kind adore him, so I would expect to see some nice garland writing in the mix.
Poppy, the older Collie, is totally obsessive once she hooks onto something. She has a lot to say and lets you know it. Control of everything is her key trait and that of course can be seen in upright writing. She will herd everything – her human family and sheep (if she is given an opportunity). She seems permanently stressed and really doesn’t suffer fools of either variety, very gladly. Her writing would be uptight, tense with probably quite a few angles in there. She is after all a collie, and we all know that collies are quite intelligent.
Bryher on the other hand, although a collie, acts quite immature. His development has been impeded somewhat, so I think his writing might still show signs of how he was originally taught. He is a very trusting dog and has very little responsibility other than to play. He wants to be friends but there is still some caution there. Bryher was a rescue dog and had not been treated very well previously. He hates bicycles and can run exceedingly fast, especially in the other direction when he sees a bike. Bryher’s writing would have long lower zone tails, the words would be quite close to each other and he would probably have mixed slant writing – vacillating between demanding to be loved but also needing to be free.
And now we come to Chuck, the one at the start of the story. Chuck does not understand boundaries, he knows he is loved, he is permanently on the move, and if he isn’t physically moving his tail is swishing everywhere. He is so desperate to please all the time, and never really goes far from your side although he can pull like a steam train on the lead. Chuck’s writing is right slant, and large, there are no margins. Not the most intelligent of dogs, but happy and alert. The writing would have a mixture of forms of connection showing all the sides of him and letters, words and sentences would trip over each other as Chuck has exactly the same attitude – rushing into things with no planning just total impetuosity hence the pin in his hind leg now.
My walk was wonderful, the skies were blue with little clouds, the scenery was stunning but my attention had been fixed on watching the interplay between these wonderful animals and companions to us and the joy they exhibited in being free and out in the country.
If you have a doggie “tail” to tell, then please share it with us.