We have been meeting lots of dogs. Lots and lots of dogs. In the past with Melvin, I was always nervous meeting other dogs. He was basically not interested in dogs but sometimes he flat out did not like them and would suddenly just lunge at them. He defined leash aggression. I loved him and all of his moments. With Jake, well he hated all dogs except for Melvin. Like hated with the intensity of a thousand hot suns. I have never seen a paralyzed dog so able-bodied and ready to rumble as Jake was. Good God I miss that dog.
Call me Rambo.
With Doug, I sometimes forget that I can leave worry at the door. I mean, you guys probably know me well enough to know I’m cautious. A planner. I’m not just gonna throw Doug into any situation that I have not given some thought to. But in general, Doug has never met a stranger.
We have met several dogs on walks that their owners have claimed were well-behaved. They were in fact not well-behaved. Doug handles it every time. If a dog starts going crazy, Doug usually just lays downs and ignores them.
We have met dogs that want to hump Doug. Male dogs. Female dogs. It’s all good. Doug takes it (he literally takes it) and after they have a go at him, he rolls onto his belly to be sure they know he is fine with being violated. My dog is so weird. I sorta like it.
I like being a pony. Ride me!
Doug is super social. I’m an introvert so this confuses me a bit. But I loved Melvin for all the things he was and wasn’t and I loved Jake for all that he could do and all that he couldn’t and well…I am really enjoying this social dog thing. In addition to meeting dogs, I take Doug to a lot of places with me. He’s great in the car, he’s somewhat well-behaved in dog friendly stores (he’s still mouthy so I have to be careful in those situations), and he seems to really enjoy our adventures.
While we continue to look for the right next dog (my work situation is changing a little and I have a vacation coming up soon so we are on hold for a little bit), I’m starting to think about taking Doug to a local doggy daycare. Just typing that is outside of my comfort zone because I’m not a fan of situations in which I am not in total control. (admitting you have a problem is the first step in letting people know that you don’t care if they know you have this problem). Doug needs to be with other dogs. I can see it in his behavior when he hasn’t been around dogs in a few days versus when he has. So we are going to tippy toe and try out one that I have vetted so much that I could own the damn place. I have 25 point googled everything about this place and the employees, like full on stalking at this point.
I filled out all the paperwork and was sure to answer in ways that would let the facility know that I am likely the type to send in a CIA operative in to confirm the well-being of my dog. I want them to know, I’m watching them, always.
Doug’s mom is crazy.
I hope Doug enjoys doggie day care! He is lucky to have you as his mom!
Thank You! I’ll keep you posted!
I cannot tell you how much I love to see another dog mom openly admit how crazy protective they are about their baby. Sometimes I think it’s just me so it’s so refreshing to see I’m not the only one who would send in a CIA operative team to check on their baby 🙂
I am proud to be in a crazy dog mom gang with you!
When I had a family wedding out of town I was sure to board my dog at a facility that had a real time camera so I could see how she was interacting with the other dogs. I too am crazy about my dog, I checked on her first thing in the am and then in the early afternoon, pretty soon my whole family was watching her!!! My biggest surprise was when I told them not to put her in with the big dogs because while she may look big (61# pitbull mix), she was really calm and acted like a small dog. You can imagine my surprise when I saw her in the play ring with all the BIG DOGS!!! She did fine, me too, after the initial shock! Yeah, I am a little crazy about my dog!!! Hope Doug enjoys the daycare, he is lucky to have you!