Friday, November 19, 2010

Bravery

Tonight, I took a huge gamble and brought Marge with me to our club's meeting.  There are a lot of people, a lot of dogs, and a lot of commotion at the meetings, but I thought it could be a good opportunity for Marge to get out and experience a new situation.

She lapped up the whole thing.  She was a little worried in the beginning (especially when one individual opted to let her dog pull at the end of the leash rather than keep it close by her side), but really did amazingly and really just begged for attention.  There were a few yawns and some lip licks, but also quite a few play bows, soft eye blinks, and lounging around on the floor. There were LOTS of treats to be had, like string cheese, chicken cutlet, and pizza.

She made friends with people who I've never even spoken to before in my life!  She saw some of her friends, like a Border Terrier, a Yorkie, and a Bernese Mountain Dog, and also met a couple of new dogs, like a young Border Collie and a fellow black Labrador.

During the "Brags" section of the meeting, I bragged about her recent OAJ leg as well as the fact that this was the first time that I'd ever brought her to a meeting - and that if you would have asked me two years ago if I'd bring her to a place like this, I would have called you crazy!


So, yet again, Marge outdoes herself.  In this high-and-low journey of what it is to own a dog with fear and socialization problems, this was definitely one of the highs.

30 comments:

kissa-bull November 19, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

we fink that she deserves string cheese for breakfast , lunch and dinner for the west of the month for being such a good woggie.
just beware of the toots tee hee

pibble sugars and wee wiggles
the pittie pack

LauraK November 20, 2010 at 12:17 AM  

Aww I'm so happy for you gals! What a great accomplishment- and Marge deserves all of that bragging about her. She's come so far, and you've done an awesome job with her. I'm glad you two are able to enjoy events like that together :) Go girly!

Katie, Maizey and Magnus November 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

YAY Marge! These posts of success give me so much hope for my worried girl. When I see how far your girl has come I think maybe some day we will get there too! Thanks for the encouragement!

Katie, Maizey and Magnus November 20, 2010 at 12:30 AM  

YAY Marge! These posts of success give me so much hope for my worried girl. When I see how far your girl has come I think maybe some day we will get there too! Thanks for the encouragement!

Katie, Maizey and Magnus November 20, 2010 at 12:31 AM  

Well I guess I really like this post, cause I had to comment my comment twice!LOL Oops, guess I have an itchy publish finger tonight, Sorry!

Ricky the Sheltie November 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM  

Great job Marge and Sam!

Diana November 20, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

Congrats on your sucess!! Diana

Frankie Furter November 20, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

This is HOOOOOGE for Marge. Amazing changes have taken place for her over the last year.

giantspeckledchihuahua November 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM  

The tow of you have come so far! You've both earned bragging rights on so many levels!

AC November 20, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

Go Team Smarge! What a great night she had. In situations like this, do you have to cue Mareg in to relax/ down/settle or does she relax on her own?

Sam November 20, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

She usually does it on her own, AC. That's definitely an area where I've fallen short in her training - getting her to relax on cue. So, I just sort of went with the flow, delivered lots of feedback to her (praise, cookies, etc) and let her mingle with those who I knew she liked. Once she was comfortable, I didn't have to worry about her at all - she was pulling all over the place while I was sitting down in my chair, saying hello to different people. I definitely did NOT expect her to do this well.

I crated her in the crating room for a few minutes and stood in front of her crate to block her from the flow of people/dog traffic moving through, but that didn't seem to help her much. She was better off being out and about.

tula November 20, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

oh marge how cool is that! talk about HUGE -RELENTLESS HUGE progress!! woot woot! i would have plopped down right next to that buffet:)

yeah fur woo!
tula

KB November 20, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

I'd say that all of your patience and hard worked shined through at that meeting. I'm so glad that Marge surprised you in a super-good way!

Muttsandaklutz November 20, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

Wow, *more* fabulous news!! You must be so proud of your girl. She has come so incredibly far, with your gentle guidance, patience, and love.

Sue November 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

Yea Marge, you've come so far since we met you. It's great. Fudge says to tell you that those human meetings can be great places to get new and really tasty treats. He does his best to charm people at club meetings so they'll share with him.
Sue

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly November 20, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

A great BIG YAY for Marge!! We are so glad that she had a good time at the meeting!! It's so wonderful for her!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Sara November 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

Good, brave girl Marge! Oh the places you'll go....

Marg November 20, 2010 at 3:04 PM  

Good for you Marge to behave yourself in a tense situation. Just shows how well your Mom is doing with you and what a good dog you are.
Please tell your Mom, that our Mom is dieing to open a rescue for cats but of course doesn't have the money. We should get together. I feel like I am well on my way with a rescue with 16 here.
Thanks for visiting our blog.

Gus, Louie and Callie November 20, 2010 at 4:58 PM  

Way to go Marge we are so proud of you...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Kari in WeHo November 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

Congrats Marge on the awesome improvement!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ November 20, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

We bet that made you feel so good too. It is a testament to how well you have done with Marge. Hope she gets to go to more meetings AND get lots more tasty treats.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The Thundering Herd November 20, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

Way to go, Marge! Miss Kiska - the ultimate shy rescue dog - is proud of your huge step.

Life with 5 dogs November 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

Awesome Job Marge! We hope you have a great rest of the weekend.

Tucker November 20, 2010 at 11:20 PM  

Congratulations! Those highs are worth celebrating!

Kathy November 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

I think it is a definite thing that Marge is not the same dog as she was two years ago-you and Marge should be HUGELY congradulated ....the sky is the limit for that little girl-because I know you believe it is possible and because you have been willing to let Marge try and grow ;-)-you two have done some amazing work as a team!

BRUTUS November 21, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

That's just awesome! Good for both of you!

Michelle

The Army of Four November 21, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

Way to go, Marge! (And Sam!)
Tail wags,
Storms

Kirby, CGC November 21, 2010 at 8:26 PM  

I love reading about your "highs!" It gives me so much hope with Kirby. Congratulations on a wonderful night with Marge!

Kirby's Mom

mayziegal November 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

Hi Sam! MayzieMom here. Just wanted to give you a great big "YIPPEE" on Marge's accomplishment. I know how excited and proud you must be. I really think that it's important to keep (gently) pushing the boundaries of what they can do (as long as there's a back up plan, of course).

Mayzie starts a canine freestyle class in a couple of weeks and I'm nervous about it. Quite a few dogs in class and it sounds like a couple of them are very barky. Mayzie gets really nervous around barky dogs. But I'm just going to go and if it seems like she's miserable, I'll withdraw from the class. But she never stops surprising me so we'll see how it goes.

Congrats again! And give Marge some cheese from me!

Never Say Never Greyhounds November 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

Yeah Marge and Sam!

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