Tuesday, July 28, 2009

House of Joy

Agility, much to my dismay, was cancelled AGAIN tonight. We have now gone two weeks without a class. In one way, I guess it's not really a bad thing, given the issues we've been up against. But it really would have felt nice to get back on to the field..

So, to fill the void in our schedule, I decided a trip to my grandmother's house was in order. Marge lover her, and she loves Marge, so it is always a possible choice for an outing. We called ahead and set up a visit with the Cavalier x Bichon puppies across the street, who Marge adores to bits.

They played for about an hour, racing around the yard like crazy dogs. Ralphie and Marge especially like doing this.

Usually Gidget keeps to the sidelines, but she got into it too at some points.

Marge usually play bows zillions of times while there. I think she feels safe playing with them, since they're small and don't jump on her. They prefer to chase.

Here they are practicing recall. Ralphie kept trying to inch up, Gidget tried her hardest to look uninterested, and Marge was so excited by the thought of treats that she sat there attentively waiting to be called.

It was a fun visit. Marge heard some noises that freaked her out, but thanks in part to something - maybe the 3 mg of melatonin I wound up giving her before we went - she didn't go into panic mode.

After a while we went back to my grandma's, where Marge and I waited outside for a bit because my uncle, who does not like dogs, had stopped by. There were more scary noises, but thanks to our new FEAST game, where I slide kibble in all different directions across the floor, she got through it.

She did get to briefly meet my uncle, and seemed to like him too. She was nervous of him, but her whole body wagged with not a hackle raised or growl uttered. +1!

The rest of the time, she dozed contentedly on the rug as we sat and spoke with one another. She was so comfortable that she didn't even want to leave. My grandmother's neighborhood is very quiet, so nothing was bothersome to her.

I was glad to have a day with Marge where she got a decent amount of exercise and exposure to her favorite things without being too afraid. Hopefully we'll have more repeats of these kinds of things in the near future.


Kimberly July 28, 2009 at 11:54 PM  

BOL - I LIKES THE BOTTOMS UP PICTURES.. at least your butt doesn't try to fly like mine always does.. You was running fast w/the white doggy too - My mama doesn't always have a computer for us to use so we haven't been able to go visit our furiends as much either lately... Glad you got to see my pictures - i had funs w/those boxer dogs. Did you see the flying girl. WOW HUH?!


Cinnamon and Mint July 29, 2009 at 1:26 AM  

Your neighbours, Ralphie and Gidget, are so cute! Although there are many dogs in our neighbourhood, none of our next-door neighbours has got one. Instead, they have cats.

Hope you can go to your agility class next week.

Martha July 29, 2009 at 3:03 AM  

That was a great day out - nothing like a visit to Grandma's and playing with nice neighbours.
Martha & Bailey xxx
ps the experiment was trying to post biggier pictures which The A of four explained to me and it worked!

Sue July 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

What a fun time for everyone.

Tee July 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM  

Hello there! We're the dog woods pack. We think the photos of Marge and the neighbours dogs playing together are adorable! Everybody looked like they were having loads of fun!

Licks and wags

Tuffy and the Dog WOods Pack

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