The highlights of the month for me were largely or at least loosely connected to the weather. At the beginning of the month after big dog class at Hero Dogs, several of us pups went to play outside in Jennifer’s field; it was chilly but yummy. Maggie, Ivey and I arrived to find that Scotty and Sammie had come to romp as well. It was crazy fun! We chased each other, we wrestled, we chased balls, played stick tug of war and even tried to take some pictures before we all left. The two legged ones thought it would work since it was at the end of our playtime. As soon as we would all get lined up in either a sit or down stay one of us would move. Ok, so I confess I had a very hard time staying still for more than a nano second. The blurry grey pup in the pictures is me.
Several days later, as we headed out for a walk, Stacey said we were going to take a different walk today. We started off in our normal direction, I live on a dead end street so for a walk of any length there is only one to go to start. Anyway soon after turning off our street we stepped onto a path leading into the woods Almost as soon as we entered the path there was a creek to cross. Stacey kept her feet dry by stepping across on rocks. Cody and I splashed right through the water. Fun. It was an awesome walk on a beautiful warm winter day. We scrambled up and down small hills, around rocks and over fallen tree trunks. On one longer hill Stacey laughed and said I was strong as a sled dog. We were on this lovely path for an hour and right at the end before we had to turn back towards “civilization “, there was one more creek. I thought about jumping in, but decided to check it out carefully before doing so. Stacey said perhaps next time, if its a bit warmer, I could take the plunge.
Four days later I work up to find white stuff all over the grass. It was not the first time I had seen this stuff on the ground or falling from the sky, but it was most certainly the first time there was enough of it to play in. After my initial surprise, I was excited to romp around in it with Cody. By the next day it was no longer soft but hard and very slippery. I was not so thrilled about that, but I did what I had to do to go about my day. Stacey said she was proud of me for being a brave girl. She did laugh at me several times when I slipped and ended u;p spread eagle!
The next week end, I stayed with Jennifer for several days while Stacey was out of town. I went to something called an ice rink; yes, I did go out on the ice It was slippery but fun. I think the practice I had on the crusty slippery snow was helpful for my first adventure on straight up ice. Stacey is hoping to see video or pictures soon. Honor came to Jennifer’s and we played together in the snow also. Great fun!. I also took several rides in Jennifer’s van some in the front and some in the middle seat. Stacey was pleased to hear that I did lay down on the floor in the van.
I think that is it for this month’s weather related experiences. On a different note, one day at HD class there were several small four legged critters in cages all over the classroom. There was at least one rabbit, a kitty, a bird , some kind of rodent. I do not remember everything that was there that day. My brain was kind of on overload. I was the most concerned about the bunnies, especially when they “hopped”. Even harder than being relaxed around the small four legged friends is working on my skills with my bigger four legged HD friends. I can’t help it; I get so excited to see them.
What we are working on now , in terms of my on leash behavior, is paying attention to Stacey in spite of the most distracting distractions. Normally I am good at listening to “easy”; I either stop and look back at Stacey or just slow down a little bit. When I do this she is happy to keep moving. Recently however, when I stop paying attention or suffer from a sudden onset of complete hearing loss, Stacey suddenly changes direction and goes the opposite way from where I was going (or should I say sometimes, actually pulling her towards). After a few of those quick moves I figure out that it is more comfortable and more efficient to pay attention to Stacey. So much to learn!
The last thing I want to mention is some what related to weather again. I made another visit to the assisted living facility in Pennsylvania; it was a chilly day so we went to see a movie and then for a meal. It was a great deal of indoor time, with only one long line ball chasing session. Stacey was very proud of my self control at such a young age.