Small Milestones

Happy Thorsday!

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While Sis had another good eye exam and we don’t take those for granted, we’re also celebrating a few “little wins” for Gretchen Greer as well.  Last week, she managed to let our neighbor who teaches people how to drive a cart – a pair of ponies connected to a pretty little “wagon” – pass by without flipping out.  She went on alert, stayed in her right-sided heel (both because I can shield her and because Sissy already knew to heel left), and only gave one kinda’ mild bark!

Another “borrowed” photo – click for credits

Yesterday, a wild turkey hen passed just a few yards in front of us.  Evidently, Gg knew it was “game” and not a neighbor-threat, because while she tried to pull and we picked up speed, she didn’t bark at all, and Sissy just whined her heart out while pulling and racing too. 

Progress!!  I’m so proud of Gretchen.  Overcoming fears is tough work, especially when you’re tiny and the entire world looms large.

Are you celebrating any little wins or milestones?

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9 Responses to “Small Milestones”

  1. HoundDogMom Says:

    We have found that Bella does like other bassets. It appears she may be a breed specific dog that only likes her kind. We continue to work on her meeting new dogs, one day at a time. So glad GG is making some progress. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  2. Nichole Says:

    Yay for Gretchie!

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  4. Nancy Says:

    Way to go Gretchen!

  5. gmariesews Says:

    progress is good and any milestone is a huge one to be celebrated and rewarded. Good on all of you! g

  6. sue Says:

    Yeah Gretchen! Lucy always thought she was the biggest, toughest dog around. It worked for her, so just think big and brave.

  7. Mitch and Molly Says:

    Good for you girls! We probably wouldn’t have reacted much to the turkey because we have waterfowl but I would have given the ponies a hard time while Molly hid in the bushes.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  8. Katherine Says:

    We are so proud of you Gretchen!! Now tell us how you do it! Macy believes it is necessary to “vocalize” at every encounter with stranger, friend, enemy, who-knows-what. She announces her arrival, says hello at the door, and doesn’t worry about waking the neighborhood at 11:00 at night or 6:00 in the morning. She is well mannered in every other area of her life (except for the water on the chin thing) so why can’t we teach her “no bark”? Max learned that command but we have just about given up with Macy. Anyway, she is so darn cute I guess one little bad habit is tolerable!

  9. Mango Says:

    Go Gretchen! I understand completely. Last night Mango managed a jogger passing on the other side of the road by “only” stiffening up into alert mode and going temporarily deaf (but no insane AR AR AR). Small steps, right?

    Mango Momma

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