Puppy walking

An adventure in looking after a puppy until it is old enough to be properly trained as a guide dog for the blind.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Little Rocky had a busy afternoon and evening yesterday and today, he has been sleeping most of the day. We had my friend Liz and her almost-eight-year-old daughter Victoria over for a long-overdue visit yesterday. Victoria had recently been scared by a puppy jumping all over her so we were going to use the visit as a lesson, as well as for catching up. When they arrived, I held Rocky by his collar and we all spoke quietly and were very, very calm. Rocky jumped on Liz a little bit but within a minute, he too was very calm. I am very impressed with his steadiness. We coached Victoria to not make a fuss and to ignore Rocky if he showed an interest in her and this worked really well for keeping him from jumping on her.

Then we sat outside until they left at about 8pm, even though it got quite cool. The whole time, Rocky played, usually with stones from the garden, but also with his own toys. He would come and visit us humans and get pats and then go play again. Eventually he lay down under the table and was just quiet. With Victoria also being a good little girl, we adults had a great adult visit. I am most pleased with the success of the day.


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