Huffington Post blog post, Feb.23,2016 ©2016 (PG-13 version in La Jolla Light is above.)
Call me naïve, but I really thought neutering a dog was supposed to make him, well, uninterested. But even after our English bulldog Winston went under the knife, there would be the odd occasion when we’d be having a dinner party out on our patio and a guest would suddenly exhibit a certain telltale twitching indicating to us that Winston was under the table having a close encounter of the interspecies kind.
Sadly for Winston, he now often spends dinner party time locked in our bedroom where he hurls himself against the door in frustrated outrage. It’s not that we don’t give him a chance to observe social graces. But first leg and he’s gone.
What’s even more alarming these days, however, are Winston’s sudden sexual proclivities toward other dogs. Friends of our son’s came over with their dog and their two preschool children. Their dog, Snarfle, is twice Winston’s size. While we were all chatting, I suddenly looked around and said, “Where’s Winston?” Answer: under Snarfle. “Winston!” I said, grabbing his haunches and dragging him out. “Bad dog!” I apologized profusely to the dog’s owners and to Snarfle as well, although Snarfle didn’t seem to be unduly distressed about it all. In fact, a tad disappointed. We began tossing balls for the dogs to distract them.