Spring has finally arrived and we’ve had some decent weather the last week or so, even though it got super cold last night. Easter Sunday was just about perfect weather wise and it was made even better by having the grandchildren over. I was so excited that my grandson who is six was showing some interest in walking the dogs.
He did super good with Sampson. Sampson is one of those dogs who adapts to whomever is walking him, he’s also on a new harness which helps with his pulling and I was tickled that my grandson could walk him.
When it came time for Delilah’s turn I became a bit more hands on. If she saw a squirrel or a dog I was afraid she’d want to take off and he could easily get pulled or worse, so I kept a good eye on it. It was a good learning opportunity for us, as a couple of times when Delilah pulled he gave her leash a good tug. I explained to him that is not how I work with Delilah, I want her to do something because I ask her to, not because I force her. We had a good conversation and I hope at the least I planted a seed.
It took me back many years to the beautiful walks and talks I had with my grandfather and the many seeds he planted in me. What a beautiful Easter gift to share with my grandson, the gift of having an adult listen and share.
Sampson starts his physical therapy tomorrow. This past Tuesday was the four week mark since he had his surgery and it seems to me that he is walking a bit better. He still resists his weight bearing exercises, but we’ve discovered if we let him initiate a game of tug, he naturally puts weight on it without realizing it.
And yesterday on one of his walks he pooped and used that back leg to kick some dirt over it. I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to get home and tell Hubby!
Delilah continues to be her crazy, zany self. Honestly I need a video camera to actually capture all the crazy things she does. Yesterday as I was prepping for her walk she she mistook my hand zipping up my jacket for a treat and actually tried to eat the zipper tag.
This dog yo!
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