On Saturday, we took Tasha to the farm. No, seriously, a real farm. LD’s grandfather owns about 80 acres (maybe I’m wrong on that but it is what I heard) on which 3 of his children also live in their separate houses. So, we took Tasha out to visit one of the Aunt and Uncle pairs that live there. She LOVED it!
Let’s just say that that much space to run is probably Tasha’s dream. I wish I could have gotten a picture for you of how happy she was to just run. We took a 1.5 mile hike through the woods on the property and Tasha probably ran at least twice that far. She would run ahead on the path and then come back in to touch base. Even though little Tashi was running through 20 inches of snow, she had a big smile on her face the entire time and I seriously mean the entire time. She would be standing there on the path to check in with her puffy coat on with the happiest face you have probably ever seen in your life. I really wish I had gotten a picture, but I didn’t want to lose my phone in the snow so I left it behind at the house.
At the farm, she also met some of her furry cousins, Marley and Ringo. Marley is a 90 pound lab with an overabundance of energy and want for attention. Ringo is a super calm fluffy mutt, who is about 55 pounds. Although it took a little bit for the group to actually form a pack, once they did, they helped each other out beautifully. Ringo, at the top spot, would calm Tasha down when she would get anxious and would patiently correct her every time she tried to test him. When Marley would get overexcited, Tasha would bark once and Marley would get less overzealous. At one point, we had all the dogs relaxing after the exciting hike and they were all laying on their sides right next to each other. One more trip to the farm and I think the pack will be solidified.
At one point, LD’s aunt tried to take Tasha and Ringo out for another short hike. Apparently, Tasha kept running back to the house where we were. I guess the separation anxiety still needs to be worked on, but it also means we can trust her hiking off leash because she stays within a distance where she knows where we are (not that we can always see her).
Then, yesterday, one of my best friends and her boyfriend came over to visit while they were in town. Tasha was of course tired from being at the farm, but she only barked and was anxious and barking for about 2 minutes. This is her best greeting of new people, especially those coming into her home, yet! We cannot be more pleased with her progress. At some point, we might have the best behaved dog. We have only been working with her for 5 months and the progress has been great. She will probably always be anxious, because that is who she is, but she will also know how to handle it better. We just have to keep introducing her to more and more people and give her more practice. Anyone want to come visit?
|So tired after a weekend of excitement
Sorry I only get pictures of her sleeping, she is just always moving and I can’t get good pictures at other times.