For the past couple of weeks, a landscaper has been coming to work on the next door neighbour's frontyard. He has a cute female kelpie that he brings with. I first noticed her when Banjo and her started wrestling on our front lawn when we went out in the morning. So every time we go out or come back from a walk, I allow them to have a play together until I have to go. The kelpie is pretty rough, drags Banjo down over and over, but Banjo keeps going back for more. I was home yesterday so I actually let them play out the front for a couple of hours. Today I finally suggested to the kelpie's owner to put his dog in our backyard when I left for work. She wasn't particularly happy about being locked behind the gate, but hopefully she perked up after I left and they will have a good romp around there until her owner has to leave.
My cat also met the kelpie. Honestly, this cat is convinced she is a dog. I saw her yesterday in the front yard looking at the playing dogs and then running around like a mad thing - I swear she wanted to join in! And this morning we met the kelpie in the park (2 houses down from our house), let the dogs have a play while the cat watched on from the kerb and then we sent the kelpie back towards his owner while we continued to school. The tradie told me that he watched his dog being chased back to him by our cat. Haha! But after that our cat politely sniffed the dog's nose when she came into the yard.