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Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 05:55 pm
Quite the day!

The day started off with taking Dahlia to the vet's (at 8:30am on a Saturday morning...argh!) for another lyme titer. Another $80 down the drain. I'll find out on Monday if the levels have come down far enough to not worry about it or if she needs more antibiotics. I hope this is the end of it. I know Dahlia would very much like to avoid another blood draw until her heartworm/lyme titer in April. And my purse would very much like to avoid it as well! We also found she had gained 1.4 pounds. I was afraid she had with the addition of the wet food so we're going to try to redo that a bit, give her a bit less in with the dry and see what that does. She's getting more active with the drop in temperature so she ought to be able to easily lose some weight this winter.

Then we visited with my folks for a little while, gave my Dad his birthday presents and just relaxed with them for a little while. By about 9:30am Dahlia was getting antsy and ready to get on our way, so we headed off to the Erie Canal Park for a 2 mile walk/run.

She had a blast! She only met one dog (the rest were either too aggressive or just too busy running with their owners to get to meet). The dog she met was some little schnauzer/poodle/something or other named Boomer. He looked like a tiny fat little sheep. Dahlia was off leash when we saw them coming and so was Boomer, so I let her stay off leash. She did something she's mor and more doing. She remained calm but then dropped into a sort of border collie crouch and froze. Absolutely froze. And then took off running at the poor little creature. Stupid me didn't tell her to stop and she barreled up to him like a crazy dog. Luckily she immediately set to sniffing and all calmed down but phew! Boomer's people were really nice and just adored Dahlia. They were a little freaked out by her intensity at first, but then saw her come out of it and relax, so they were fine. We met them on the way back too and I kept Dahlia under better control the second time around.

Dahlia ran a LOT of the two-mile trail. At one point she was sniffing and I kept walking. I was a couple hundred feet away from her when I called her name. She came barreling after me, then whipped around me and spun to face me, laying down. Then she jumped up and rushed me, trying to get the leash I was holding. We played a lot. IT was great fun.

On our way out we ran into an old family friend and a woman who just thought Dahlia was an amazingly awesome dog.

After the park, we ran to Petsmart to get some canned food for the Vermont trip (well those Nutro toppers so she can just have the one topper and nothing that needs to be saved for the next day). We got chatting with the Blue Buffalo rep for awhile who was very impressed with Dahlia's soft shiny coat and her personality (we feed her Blue as her kibble). The Nutro rep was almost most impressed with her and both oo'ed and ahh'ed over her. It was nice to have her so appreciated. At one point while they were petting her she just laid down and they both thought it was cute.

We met a 6 month old Aussie mix puppy there whose person asked if she could meet Dahlia (she's in the puppy class there and trying to socialize her pup with adults too). They met and had a nice time. Dahlia also met a nice boxer and a Pomeranian who growled and snapped at the puppy and the boxer but who was fine with Dahlia since Dahlia approached and immediately laid down in front of her. Cute.

So overall an exhausting morning of running around, but a lot of fun.

This afternoon, not so much fun. I spent WAY too much time at Walmart getting my oil changed. Ugh they were SO unorganized! But now the oil is changed, I have new windshield wipers, and new floor mats. All set to leave for Vermont!

Tomorrow I transport two 3-month old Aussie puppies. Can I keep one?

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Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)

Does she heel well offleash?

I am trying to figure out the best way to get Delilah to do it :/ she doesn't run off, she just doesn't stay velcroed like she will on leash.

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)

Dahlia doesn't heel at all, unless she wants to be at your side. I just haven't bothered to really teach it to her as she'll stay at my side when needed and it's otherwise just not important to me. When it's off leash time, it's freedom time (within reason). She's allow to run up a head a bit, lag behind, zig zag, sniff things she wants to. Much of the walk is her stopping to sniff something and then running to catch up. She loves it and I love watching her run to me with a big grin on her face.

Sometimes she DOES stay a bit too velcroed to me, but she walks behind me, not next to me (and that drives me nuts as I want to watch her). I really want her to enjoy her off leash time as her time to just explore (if I walked her off leash in the middle of the city it would be a different thing!). Its safe, no cars or anything, just walkers and runners.

If another person is coming, I'll call her to me and ask her to sit while they pass. She does well with that. If another dog is coming I usually leash her up unless the other person says there's no need to.

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Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)

I should add that if she gets ahead of me I can tell her to stop or wait and she will, so allowing her the freedom is never a problem as she instantly stops and waits for me or rushes to me if I call her.

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Sun, Nov. 22nd, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)

ahh. I can let the dogs go offleash and they won't go far from me.

This is much enjoyed at say, the beach or the dog park.

However Delilah can formally heel when I tell her to, vs regular just walking.. however I can't get her to do it off-leash. She obviously knows the difference, lol. It's something I need to work on, i'm just not sure how! I thought I'd go back and re-teach heel without the leash, but without me being able to 'stop' when she forges ahead and stopping her, it just ain't working out, lol.

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Sun, Nov. 22nd, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)

Can I keep the other?

Sun, Nov. 22nd, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)

i wish puppy would come back to me when i called him if he was off leash. the few times he escaped the yard* he just ran and ran until he got so tired he had to lay down. THEN i could catch him and walk him home. he just gets so excited i think his brain falls out.

*puppy discovered about two years ago that he could hop the chain link fence.