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Lovely   2 comments

What a lovely day for a walk. We had a lovely walk today. Yesterday’s walk was lovely too. Not because it was a warm, sunny day, because it wasn’t. It was cloudy and cloud and rainy and miserable. Which meant we had the whole sidewalk to ourselves.

We walked further than we ever have before. Nearly 1.25 miles! We even got to walk a little way along the bike trail that runs near our house. We never get to do that because it’s always so busy, full of walkers and joggers and cyclists. And dogs. But not yesterday. We didn’t encounter a single living thing. It was beautiful.

As always, walking with Miss D is a constant battle. I am always reminding her that I’m the boss. Me. The Human. I’m alpha. I decide when and where we go. She tends to disagree, which is probably at the root of our leash-aggression problem. She thinks she’s in control, the protector, and she takes her job seriously.

But when we’re alone, I have more opportunities to remind Miss D that I’m the protector, not her. I’ll decide what’s a danger, not her. And yesterday was the culmination of several such walks. It was awesome.

Today was lovely too. A warm, sunny, cloudless day. Obviously, that meant we were not alone. But Miss D, with yesterday’s reminders fresh in her mind, followed me. She ignored one walker, a pair of joggers, a pair of walkers, a jogger, another jogger, and a walker with dog. OK, she didn’t quite ignore the walker with dog, but she did sit quietly. She was on alert the whole time, but she listened to me and got her rewards. By then, we were nearly out of treats, and I could she Miss D was pretty tuckered, so we turned around and headed home. That’s when she went nuts upon seeing the Boxer. But I was able to ask the owners to stay still while I took Miss D in the other direction to get some distance and some semblance of control.

Our final encounter was a lovely, older couple. Miss D went on full alert, but they were understanding, saying they’ve seen us walking before and know we’re still a work in progress. In Miss D’s defense, the man was egging her on. Leaning forward, staring, and barking right back. I know the tendency is to poke fun at the little dog who thinks she’s so scary, but I really wish he had ignored her like his wife. It’s eaier to regain her attention when she doesn’t get any reaction.

Oh, well. It was still a lovely walk.

Tuckered Out

Tuckered Out

Posted February 24, 2013 by iloveschnauzers in A day in the life, Schnauzers

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Ouchie   5 comments

It’s a sorry household that writes tonight. Both Mommy and Miss D are recovering from dental procedures. Mommy got braces and is dealing with all the joys and pains that come along with them. But poor Miss D had her dental cleaning today and is not feeling her usual dapper self.

She’s got the twitchies! Either she’s coming down from the anesthesia or her arthritis was inflamed by having her neck stretched for a prolonged period while anesthetized. Her bark is pathetic and hoarse. She’s sitting on the stoop, looking out at the backyard, twitching and crying. 😦 Poor Miss D!

Vet sent us home with a few days worth of Rimadyl, so hopefully once we’re allowed to eat a little bit we’ll be able to take half a pill and start to get some relief.

Poor Miss D! 😦 I know exactly how ya feel, hon. We can sit home tonight and eat our soft food together.

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