Ok, so I have a secret. Or rather, Yara has a secret.
Since way back during training she has very randomly, uhm, humped herself. I shit thee not. She will, on occasion, position herself such that she is resting on her haunches with her hind legs splayed out from her rear and use her hindquarters and tail to, err, get on with it. It is quite literally the most strange, random, and disturbing thing I have ever heard of or seen a dog do. Also, it is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!
Anyway, so she did this shockingly often the first week or so of training and I mentioned it to Megan. I’m fairly certain Megan thought my description was more along the idea of “the scoots” — wherein a dog runs so fast they pretty much drag their tooshie on the ground. I assured her it was far from that, but we mostly wrote it off as it was definitely decreasing in occurrence.
And then! She totally just did it one day after obedience work. Megan and I were on the sofa and Yara started up and I swear to whatever higher power I have never witnessed a human move so fast. She squealed a bunch of things that resembled telling Yara to stop and flew across the room to yank the dog off, uhh, herself. She took a good look at Yara’s rear, determined that nothing was odd . . . or well beyond the behavior itself . . . and well, that was that.
Now and then she’ll just randomly do it. But she has never done it in front of people. (Part of this is because the second she moves remotely into a position she could achieve this, I hastily recall her or something.) I have let the secret slip a few times, though, and Sarah has pretty much made it her life’s goal to be another witness to the strange. And lo! I give you this exceedingly dark video (that was filmed sideways because someone is inept) taken yesterday evening. The hysterical giggling would be me.