Happy Thorsday, little friday and Thankful Thursday to you. Gretchen has a rather somber post today, but I hope you’ll read it anyway. Part of being in a community includes sharing joys and pains, and we only wish there was more we could do than ask for good vibes for friends in need.
Mango’s mom also issued a little challenge. She’s been tracking their exercise and such, and anyone who knows me well won’t be shocked to learn that I’ve been tracking our walks and such for quite some time. Rain aside, we still manage to log a minimum of 2 miles almost daily, and on weekends, that total jumps up to 3-4 miles. Keep in mind, this is DOG walking, not my own exercise, although certainly most days, my dog walks are the bulk of my fitness plan.
While the fur-girls would love to add some time and distance most days, what *I* feel we need to improve upon is manners for Sissy and socialization for Gretchen. Sissy is QUITE verbal and likes to shout out at any creature she sees on her walks. I prefer that she doesn’t do that, but the hound owners out there are laughing… It’s almost impossible to silence a hound! However, we’re working on it. I’ll tolerate whines and such, but the flat-out barking won’t do.
Gretchen of course, takes her cues from the DIVA, so even when I have her in a firm heel and she’s just shaking and making quiet but shrill noises, if Sissy bellows, Gretchen yaps, which is TOTALLY unacceptable.
My newest plan is to put them both in tight “heel” positions (Sissy on the proper left, Gretchen the adaptable on the right) as soon as I see a “threat”, and I alternate between “hush” commands and praising the miliseconds of good behavior before the need for another command. When we have an epic, loud, verbal fail, the offender is immediately put in a sit-stay with a firm command for QUIET.
Of course, they both have a simultaneous epic fail nearly every time, so Gretchen must be secured first – for her own sense of being safe, which is REALLY why she goes cracker dog nutso – but that’s only mildly successful until I get Sissy to HUSH.
I have also started turning for home if the above measures can’t restore order. I do welcome input and suggestions.
Thankful Thursday? I’m very thankful for sunshine and the promise of a good walk this afternoon, even if it will be cold and damp. Gretchen and I will bundle up! (It’ll be a good 25 degrees above Sissy’s need for clothes.)
I’m thankful for my beautiful, healthy fur-girls too.
What are you thankful for today?