I knew it was inevitable...you can only walk so long in our little village before you actually cross paths with another dog. I mean, we live in a quiet neighborhood but it's not a ghost town! We have passed dogs at their own houses with out much trouble. A few barks but nothing major. Today however, coming back from a 3 mile long walk, here I see a man with a yellow lab coming towards us.
"He's a bit crazy but he's friendly" I hear the man say...
Little do you know what YOU'RE in for buddy!! My little 4-9lbs dogs may look innocent & harmless but.... Not 2 seconds after he said that he started in. Little innocent Maxwell with his insecurities. HE FREAKED OUT. I stopped, dropped my walking stick (never know when you'll come across an off leash crazy dog!), bend down & tried to "shhh" not only Maxwell but now Maribelle who as I said yesterday is the worst barker of all. I picked Maxwell up by the scruff of the neck supporting his tush with my other hand & after lifting him a bit I heard it. The most odd ear shreaking SCREAM I'd ever heard come from a dog. And it wasn't a short scream - it seemed to have lasted a good 2 minutes by the time it stopped. For sure the man walking the lab thought I was killing Maxwell though I wasn't doing a thing to hurt him...he was simply rebelling my attempt to block his focus on killing this dog 20 times bigger than he....he did not want to loose eye contact! By the time I could realize it even Milo was in full bark lounging toward the lab. Milo has had issues in the past with other dogs but he has come so far & always listens to my corrections. Not this time...and not that I blame him. Hearing that shreak I'm surprised *I* didn't start barking!
We sat there & sat there, well after the man & other dog were out of sight. It's funny after such a big panic you could hear both boys give a big "HUFF" as if to say "there, we showed them!".
CESAR PLEASE HELP!! LOL
I actually know what I need to do in order to help his insecurities but the resources are basically none existent around here. Though I was **this** close to turning around & asking the man if we could walk with him and his dog but I'm sure he would have thought I was completely off my rocker. We need a dog park, meeting place, play group, ANYTHING around here where you can go & sit with your dog until they are calm. Everyone moves so quickly around here that there is no way I can achieve that "calm submissive" state needed in order for him...THEM to move on with out being in that state of panic. It's so frustrating!
Oh & Miss Poo myself after seeing a Newfie at the vets? She didn't make a peep. She was simply trying to get a wiff of the 4-legged passer byer. At least I can say...what a good girl Matilda was!!!!