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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Stella Diaries

HWMNBMIMB took the two dogs for a 45-minute walk, then was leaving for work when Bear and Stella started having a rodeo in the living room. He yelled STOP and they were tearing around. This was my wake-up call.

At around 9AM, I took them for a long walk around the neighborhood, and regretted my choice of leashes for Miss Stella. It is a thicker, longer leash than we use for him, and it is hard to manage two very different leashes on a two-dog walk. Stella went into high alert -- tail up and rigid, head up, snorting and pulling--each time we encountered another dog.

We got home and had treats and heartworm medication chewables. Stella then went to our vet for her introductory visit. They clipped her nails, which terrified her, though she was docile. She looked at me with huge pupils. She has been through a lot at vets the past couple of months, so maybe this will help her associate them with less traumatic events. She drooled copiously in the car on the way there and on the way back. No vomiting!

Later on I had to go out for an errand, and took both dogs with me. This is one of the great things about seasons other than summer. The dogs can wait in the car without fear of roasting alive. On the way home, we stopped at a local dog park. Stella's hackles rose to full height all along her backbone, and though she was fine with the other dogs, she wanted to leave after we walked around the park one turn. There were dogs horsing around, and rather than take a chance on anything negative happening, we left.

Stella is still learning the basic commands, but she is very quick. She already understands "sit", and we are working on "down". She is less demanding of attention but still pushes Bear out of the way, body-blocking him from being petted. This gets corrected a lot; when she moves out of the way they both get petted at the same time.

Last night I was having doubts about owning two dogs, but we need to give it more time. It is more complex but more interesting.

1 comment:

HeadBurro Antfarm said...

LOL! What a wake up call! Actually, the whole tale could just as easily be told replacing dogs with toddlers - remarkable parallels! :-D