Then a new neighbor showed up. He is a young black lab, maybe a year old, full height, but not filled out. They ran and chased and ran some more. Both had to chase the ATV. Babe thought this was wonderful until I got off of the machine and started to pet his new friend. Babe's back bristled and his bark changed to a deep growl. He did not want this puppy to get too close to me. I gave Babe a pat, then a small smack with my glove to his hind side. And off they both went, full speed onto the ice and then back up the hill.
I am sure that Babe will be sound asleep early tonight.
UPDATE (from Babe) - The kid may be younger, but teh yellow dog is much better lookin'.