Now, if Summer were like May, I could so get behind the season. This seems like a particularly special Memorial Day this year, what with our very, very long winter this year. Suddenly, BAM, nice weather. And not even as hot as they said it was going to be! It was actually PLEASANT to be outside. I could SIT ON MY LAWN. I have never sat on my lawn before, it was very novel. Had two lovely BBQs over the weekend, and the concept of sitting outside and relaxing was just so … unexpected.
Got to spend a lot of time with Kip, Mary’s new sheltie puppy! Such a GOOD puppy, he just arrived super confident and bubbly and fun. And ever so attractive – he’s already good at posing! Kip and I will get to spend a lot of time together in June, as he’s staying with me for a couple weeks. My first time spending quality time with a sheltie puppy, I’ll be really curious to see what he’s like.
My dogs didn’t have any issues with him, and Navarre likes him. Though he had that ‘pervy uncle’ look in his eye – he didn’t try to hump the puppy though, and was very appropriate. I hope they become friends, they are adorable together. Bright and Haku, well, I don’t expect them to be big fans, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.
My poor dogs, we made an unexpected stop at the garden store on the way home today, we received some orphan tomato plants that looked like they needed some immediate love. Too warm to leave the dogs in the car, so I gamely brought all three into the very busy garden center (have I mentioned the Memorial Day madness? People have a lot of catching up to do!). So three dogs and a big cart that was a pain to steer – and being stopped every 10 feet because everyone wants to ‘pet the dogs’. Bright was like,”WTF?” Navarre and Haku were okay with it, but they didn’t quite understand the public’s obsession with touching them for no reason.
Still, I give the dogs a lot of credit, new place they’d never been, people everywhere trying to molest them, and they were such good citizens. They heeled next to the cart, didn’t try to jump on anything or get under foot. They sat and waited while I picked out my things and talked to the staff, they ignored the other dogs – they mostly just seemed bored. I have good dogs. Some of them are a little better than others at the moment though.
Navarre seems to be going through a phase of ‘Stay? Never heard the word before.” In certain circumstances he’s perfect, no matter the excitement or distraction he’s just totally reliable (more so than Bright and Haku around agility!). But in other cases, he really does not think it applies to him these days. Like at the BBQ on Sunday, I was having him lie down and stay so he wouldn’t intimidate the puppy when they met. And he WOULD NOT STAY. He was RIGHT next to me, I’m putting him back like 18 times, and was just terrible. I kept thinking he was just entranced by the puppy, but eventually he had to be ejected from the event as he just couldn’t stay to save his life. And even after bringing him back in and being hardcore about it, he was still loosey-goosey about it.
Then, silly me, we were at the checkout at the garden store, the dogs were all waiting nicely, but one of my pots didn’t have a price, but it was so busy no one was available to get the price. So finally I’m just like, “I’ll just go grab another one.” It was like 30 seconds to run over and grab it, and as I didn’t want to weave three dogs past all the waiting people, I just told them to stay and jogged off, totally confident they would stay. Yeah, Navarre was like, “I don’t think so, you’re not leaving me here,” and came and found me Bright and Haku were horrified, they never moved, of course. And had I been thinking, I wouldn’t have left Navarre after his issues at the BBQ, but he HAS been super solid with his manners stays … but not at the moment. So, yeah, Navarre fails the out of sight stay (well, and even the SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO ME stay), so we have work to do, apparently.