For the first time in months tonight I felt like I had my old happy Maizey back. She’s been doing really well, but tonight we had out first trip out without one reaction!
It was our anniversary last week and when Mehusbandy asked me what I wanted to do with our day of course I told him I wanted to take the puppies to the park. Perhaps not the most romantic anniversary, but perfect to me! We had a great day! That day Maizey and Magnus zoomed and zoomed and then they zoomed some more. After they got their crazy out they settled down on their mats while we all chilled out. It all went great until a man with three unleashed dogs showed up, but even then we managed well. That was a good day.
Today was better! Of course we didn’t meet any dogs, but we planned it that way. All we did was go run some errands, see some friends and picked up the big work truck. But in all that she was so happy.
She always been such a little people social butterfly that it’s been so hard to see her shy away from meeting people these last months. Even family has been overwhelming to her at times, so tonight when she was whining and pulling on her leash to get TO our friends I was just thrilled. It’s funny how perspective changes with circumstances since normally whining and pulling on me would not be something I was happy about, but tonight I was so happy to see her happy I actually just sat back and watched her “be bad.” Don’t worry, it won’t be something we let become a habit.
There were just so many things that would have spooked her just a few weeks ago, but tonight she just did great. Not one bark all night, even when she had to wait in the car with people coming and going around her she laid down! On the way home from the park she laid down in Magnus’ crate with him, but those are the fist times I’ve seen her relax in the car in months.
All in all it was just so nice to have her with me and be able to relax a bit more as she was able to have fun. I hate to say it, but I almost forgot how much fun she is! I hope we keep seeing progress and we have a long ways to go when it comes to dogs, but being able to leave the house and stay under threshold is a great step in the right direction!