So Calvin and I were out and about again. It’s so fun showing him the world, but also seeing everything new through his eyes.
I decided that I needed to see how he did in a car that was going faster, as in LONG road trip type speed. It didn’t go so well when we hit 40mph so I backed off and decided the Interstate was not in our future today.
Because he was a little nervous at 40mph, I decided to introduce him to a cool thing my Dad introduces all of our dogs too, THE BUSINESS LUNCH.
We drove up to Wendy’s, he was a bit baffled by the ‘box’ speaking back to me but hung in there, and then when a hamburger was magically passed to us through a window, he was speechless, and no longer nervous.
We parked, had our business lunch, and then drove to Cherry River fishing access to try a trail walk.
I love walking in this area for a lot of reasons, but one of them is the enormous sign, 3 x 4 feet of sign. I like to walk my senior dogs out there, and my clients dogs. Bird refuge, Gallatin River, trails, and all on leash. And if you live here you know it is kind of a joke because NO PERSON has their dog on leash out there most of the time.
HOWEVER, today the animal control officer, JD, pulled up right as we were getting out and getting ready to go for a walk. We had a fully escorted walk, and he made sure everyone was on leash, and just all around great conversation. He thought Calvin was just awesome and said he wished all ‘pits’ were this nice. WOOP! way to go Calvin, steeling hearts once again. The only reason I have this photo is because JD was kind enough to take it.
NOTE to everyone, if you want to know what it feels like to be escorted along a trail and have someone looking out for you and your dog, hook up with animal control and go for a trail walk together, it was awesome!
We passed four different people, two baby strollers, and one person with a dog, all with ease today, he never broke stride and just kept walking and checking things out.
I knew Calvin was thirsty, it was warm this afternoon, but I also know he has a real fear of water. So when I proposed we walk down the river bank to the water, he layed down, and was nothing short of an anvil, so I sat next to him and just waited. We listened to the ducks, people walking the trail behind us, and listening to water passing by. He needed this moment to decide what he was going to do. It is so important to allow all living beings a moment to think something through. It was also important, because of his real fear of water, for him to work through this moment with me just waiting neutrally.
When he was ready, he got up and walked down the bank and got himself a drink, and then walked in with his front two paws. I was so proud of him. He drank for some time, and then just stood there watching the river, it was a beautiful moment.
We did two full laps, maybe two miles. We bush whacked for a bit, trail for a bit, and then our drive home. And he was so relaxed, so satiated.
Calvin is definitely interested in prey animals so off leash is a no go for some time, still working on owner relationship and exposing him to ‘life as we know it!
With Love and Peace ~ Nancy
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YAY Calvin and totally so brave about the water. I agree with the stop and let them figure it out and don’t be pushy about it. Their choice may or may not be what YOU think is right but at least let them have the choice! Woop!
Sherry he is doing so well and is such a charmer. I am loving our days out and about for sure! Send good thoughts for an awesome person to come his way! Nancy
Good dog, again! And good trainer!
Oh thanks Bente, Calvin will be going up for adoption this week. His foster family thinks he is ready to transition so please send good thoughts our way as we look for a great home! Nancy
If we go anywhere that isn’t the farm, Boomer must always be on a leash—his nose would lead him to space and i would lose him. Not good.
I wish more folks understood how to do this Linda! Sometimes if comes with age and experience I think. Love to you and your dogs, Nancy
So much fun to follow you and Calvin. I get so excited when I see a new entry. You are both great. I bought your freestyle video from Tawzer and I am a big fan, now I am a fan of Calvin too. Thanks for sharing, kathi
Hi Kathi, well nice to meet you even if it is virtually. Yes Calvin is a good one. His foster family is ready, and think that Calvin is ready to start looking for a new home, his forever home, so if you could spread the news and share his posts that would be awesome!
I am glad you enjoyed the video, I have such fond memories from that weekend! Nancy
I love the Business Lunch…Casey and I enjoyed these lunches every couple of months, and while she was sick and dying we went to McDonald’s daily. Now Holly and I enjoy a monthly business lunch in honor and memory of all those I had with Casey 🙂 What a great way to show Calvin that car rides can be fabulous!
Kim I remember you telling me about Casey’s business lunches with you. I love that. Some day you and I will have to go on one together! I Hope you are well! This must be bear season for you with hibernation not far away, Nancy