|Barley's crazy faces.|
Our first walk of the day was uneventful, but Barley lost her mind on our second one. When we were turning back into the complex, there was an ADORABLE little puppy--I have no idea what kind, but I wanted to snuggle with it! The puppy was so, so good. It sat down next to its owner and was quiet and perfect. Barley, on the other hand, was naughty. She lunged, she growled, she barked, she jumped. Then I got in line of sight so she couldn't see the puppy, and she was jerking around so much that in the process I stepped on her toe and made her squeal. Then she sat down and got refocused on me and we made it back to our front door. We were far away from the puppy--nowhere close to being able to reach it--but it was still embarrassing. When we were out walking today, the girl with the puppy came out of her building, saw us in the distance walking back to the parking lot, and she turned and ran back inside. Oops. Guess we won't become best friends with that neighbor.
Barley was a totally different dog on today's walk. After we saw the puppy retreat back inside, there was a dachshund in a sweater outside barking it's head off, but Barley didn't bat an eyelash. She heeled beautifully all the way past it (and we could have actually reached out and touched this dog, we were so close) back to our front door. She might be schizophrenic. But, I guess, as long as she always love me and her brother then we can deal with multiple personalities!
I'm hoping that now that March is here, maybe we'll have more beautiful days and get some more good walks in, see all the neighborhood dogs that have been hibernating all winter (and then practice not reacting to them), and hopefully have a dry backyard so we can take our training practice outside and I can have my dining room back instead of having my indoor agility gym. Once we can start practicing outside again, we're going to start resuming our therapy dog training so that we can test again this summer and be totally prepared.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed those days come really soon, but I took today's light dusting of snow as a good excuse for extra snuggle time with my pets between grading sessions. We got lots of napping and play time in today, and I think we're all feeling more rested and happier after today. Soth's having another outbreak of his FLUTD, so we've been dealing with blood and crankiness the last couple days. Hopefully, it's the normal FLUTD cycle and clears up after a few days. At least, we have his appointment for vaccinations on March 13, so if it doesn't clear up soon, we'll already be seeing the vet soon and can add it to our list of questions and concerns.
|These are Barley's tracks from our last outing in the snow. How many legs does my dog actually have??|