Big Leo goes to camp

Not much to report for this Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, and I’m being negligent for Walk Your Dog Week, since I won’t be seeing my dogs for the rest of it.

Instead, let’s celebrate my good boy Leo. I’m so proud of the dog he’s grown up to be. Yes, he’s leash-reactive and barks up a good game. But he’s come so far thanks to counter-conditioning. More importantly, he’s predictable, which makes him easier to manage. And he is very well-socialized with other dogs. 

We had a full car when we dropped him off at camp. I sat in the front seat, with him on the floor at my feet. He couldn’t see anything out the window to bark at, so he didn’t need his Calming Cap.

  

(Aside: Rob was describing the Calming Cap to someone recently and discovered that Leo’s picture shows up in a Google Image search.)

When we arrived at camp, some senior Golden retrievers barked at him from the yard. Leo did not bark back. He walked politely into the lobby with me and was perfectly charming to the lady at the desk. 

Which way’s my room?

For the first time, I feel calm about his being away at camp. (This is his fourth time there.)

Of course, my being relaxed about it probably means something terrible will happen. 

Ha ha ha. Sorry, that’s not very positive of me, is it?

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Mia’s Spring Preview

Fall fell pretty hard this week, but before the rains, Mia and I discovered a newish tulip statue in Mount Vernon. I would have loved to get a selfie with her, but as it was, I had to lie on the ground to get the shots of her close to the statue.

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Carcass Beach gets a new name

That semi-private beach I take my dogs to … secretly I’ve been calling it Carcass Beach.

See, the first few times we went there, we found several – several – deer carcasses. This beach is near a hunting community, so my guess is that people strip the meat and hide they plan to use, and discard the carcasses on the beach. Kind of gross, but since fish carcasses provide nutrients to river systems, maybe the deer carcasses are good for salt water.

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Mia sniffs some bones that have been pretty well picked clean. No new carcasses lately.

Earlier this summer, we discovered this huge piece of driftwood, which my friend Leigh Bardugo pointed out resembles a dragon. Upon our return last week, the driftwood told me the beach’s true name.

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Henceforth, we shall call this place Dragonwood Beach.

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Crispy Field at Golden Hour

Leaping Leo

They say the best camera is the one that’s in your hand. The above picture was taken close to sunset at one of our off-leash areas. All I had with me was my phone, and yes, I’ll admit to using the “clarity” filter (love that filter). I’m also tempted to photoshop Leo’s ball blue so it stands out more.

I took my DSLR on our next visit and took the following. I’m working with a new lens, which might not be the best for capturing running dogs. I don’t think the pictures turned out as well.

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Bandwagon Dogs

Now that I’ve decided to be a Seahawks fan, my pups are going to need some merch for next season. In the meantime, here are Richard German (shepherd) and Miashawn Lynch cheering on the team:

 

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Just another vicious pit bull attack

I won’t link to Time Magazine’s offensive, biased, and badly reported article about pit bulls, but instead offer this rebuttal.

And these pictures of Miss Maddie, available at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. Maddie had a home for a year and then her family moved away and didn’t take her. Who could leave behind a Maddie?

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