Today we join Heart Like A Dog for the Follow-up Friday blog hop. It’s the blog hop that lets you wrap-up your week and leads you right into the weekend.
Growing Up (Sue’s Notes)
Well, I guess part of “growing up” for a dog is just living each moment as it happens. There are times when I think Ducky has outgrown some of her anxieties completely and then something happens to change my mind. For instance, one day last week she didn’t even bark – let alone growl and snarl – at anything in the yard when I took her out there to do her business. Then the very next day she barked and growled at the leaves as they were blown across the yard by a gust of wind. Oh well. It’s going to take time. I just wish Ducky would outgrow the jealousy or whatever other anxiety is causing her to growl and nip at Shadow or Callie when they come to us for attention at the same time she does – it’s become really old at this point. Callie and Shadow have been REALLY good lately about just backing away from her without reacting in any other way.
Well, this was too cute not to share…. When Ducky and I arrived at the doggie daycare facility on Wednesday morning, the owner and one of her employees (who really adores Ducky) were in the little kitchenette just behind the entrance area. I didn’t see them at first, so I side-stepped in front of the entrance monitor so it would buzz to let them know we were there. “We’ll be right there…” Maria (the owner) said. The next thing I knew, Maria and Jen came out into the entrance area singing “Happy Birthday” to Ducky, and Jen was carrying a doggie birthday cake! I was as surprised as Ducky! I assumed the cake was for Ducky to share with her playmates there at daycare, so I started to get my iPod out to take a picture before they brought the cake and Ducky back to the play area. “I’ve gotta get a picture of this!” I said. “Well, you can bring it home now, or later; whichever you want. It’s for Ducky to share with whomever she wants. It’s our birthday present to her.” Maria said. “Aw, that’s sweet! Thank you so much!” I almost cried I was so touched. So, here are a couple of pix of the cake…
When I arrived home from dropping off the little demon dog, I had to put the cake up where Callie & Shadow wouldn’t be able to get to it! When I went back to pick her up from daycare so we could spend some time together, it was still raining lightly so I brought her up to the PetSmart. There weren’t any classes going on in the training area, so the manager said “sure, go ahead” when I asked if I could bring Ducky back there to play and work some cues. We went into the area, but as soon as I closed the door, Ducky’s anxieties kicked-in. She was all over the place…barking, whining, sniffing at the door, jumping up against the walls, and generally looking for a way out. I’m still trying to figure out where this anxiety is coming from…she’s fine in her crate at night. She goes right into it and curls up after I give her the bed-time treats (Charlie Bear “crackers”), and doesn’t make a sound all night. Every now and then – if I leave her in there too long in the morning – she starts chewing on her bed (usually at the top seam), but not very often. And the last few days, she’s been doing the same thing in the kitchen at breakfast or dinner time if I leave her in there alone to go get something elsewhere in the house. Any ideas? Anyway, after that, I just walked her around the store, up and down the aisles, a few times. She was fine, as long as I didn’t stop for too long to look at something (like more toys that we don’t need in the house). Then she’d get “antsy” again, even in the toy aisle. We left the store and drove over to a small park I had discovered while en route from the daycare, but there was no place to walk because all the signs said “No Dogs Allowed”. Bummer! So, we came home. We played with Callie and Shadow for a while, but Ducky started getting “growly” again. Thankfully, the sun had started to come out. I put on my jacket, attached her leash to her collar, grabbed my keys, and took Ducky for a walk across the street, through the ball field, down the steps to the field that runs along the stream, through that field and then back to the ball field for a few laps around it until I realized it was almost time for hubby to come home. By then, Ducky was finally tired and calmed down. She got along fine with her sisters the rest of the night. And, Miss Jodi, enjoyed sitting in Daddy’s lap most of the evening. Ducky, Callie, and Shadow REALLY like that birthday cake, too!
This ‘N That Thursday – More Notes by Sue
Well, so much for taking Callie and Shadow over to the ball field…they were both sound asleep on the floor in my office and when I looked up at the clock on my laptop, it was almost time to get ready to go pick up Ducky at daycare!
That’s Callie in the foreground, Shadow between the clothes dryer and rocking chair. (My “office” is also the laundry room and Ducky’s bedroom.)