I took Kela for a walk round the extended block route this morning on my own. It was cool enough as it was not that late in the morning, and we met up with quite a few dogs.
It’s the first time really she has had any interaction with other dogs on our walks, so it was interesting to see her reaction, and theirs.
We have a new beagle on the block, people who moved in a few weeks ago. Her name is Lola and she was first up for introductions. I kept my distance, but her owner was quite confident for the two dogs to meet and there were no problems, so I could fuss Lola and Kela allowed herself to be petted too.
Just round the corner I bumped into a neighbour from the next road going up into town and as we were chatting, two guys came along with their westies. This was really funny, and the first one wasn’t bothered, but the second was a bit un-nerved and refused to come within about 8 feet. Obviously social distancing. His owner had to pick him up and carry him past, but Kela wasn’t worried, gave them her rump and sniffed the grass.
Walking up round the extended bit, there are three italian spinones (google picture).They are large dogs and I have met up with them on several occasions when their owner has taken them out individually as she cannot manage all three together. As Kela and I were walking by on the other side of the road, these dogs went nuts, pawing, scratching and throwing themselves at the window. You could see the pane vibrate and distort. Heaven only know what would happen should the glass break. It was not just us though as a guy was coming the other way with his little black dog. We were now out of their line of vision, but the barking got louder. Kela, bless her, trotted on as if nothing had happened.
She has been barked at by a couple of other dogs in their gardens on other walks, and didn’t react in the slightest.
Almost home, and I heard someone tap on their window, indicating for me to stop.
She was thrilled we had a new dog, so I had to explain we were only puppy sitting. Kela padded forward for more fuss. They have Poppy, the little blue chihuahua, and her owner
was just coming back from his walk with her. The two dogs went nose to nose, friendly as you like (this little one has no fear) and Poppy adopted the paws forward, head down stance, wanting to play. Kela wasn’t bothered but didn’t get agitated like Maggie may have as she couldn’t tolerate ‘fast’ or boisterous pups. As we were chatting, a young Mum came by with her second son (she’s expecting a little girl in August) and her collie Lottie. Again, we had nose to nose, no aggression and everyone was happy.
Kela didn’t perform on our walk, but has probably done a wee in the garden. Nothing else yet as she didn’t eat very much yesterday. This morning though I was herded towards the doggy cupboard and she polished off her breakfast with no trouble.