Maya deserved some quality time

Dogs don’t usually complain do they. They let you know when they want to go out or if they’re hungry, and Maya will bring a gonk or something and plonk it in my lap if she’s bored, but with our time being occupied elsewhere, apart from a walk in the morning and one in the evening, it’s been a bit dull for her.
We decided after breakfast to give her some quality time and take her down to the beach. Hubby has been walking her without the haltie lately in the evenings and she has been doing very well. Maybe not such a good day today, but I can see progress so feeling quite optimistic.

Typically, there were quite a few people about with their dogs, but when we got to the prom it was deserted, so we intended to let her off. Then Hubby saw a woman coming up the steps off the beach and she had a little dog so we thought better of it.
I suggested we went down on the sand, though Hubby was worried about my back, but I’d thought to bring his spare walking stick and I’m glad I did.

The tide was in but we let her off and she ran like the wind towards the water. She so loves it and it’s wonderful to see her running free. She saw a crow and memories of Maggie came flooding back as crows, pigeons and seagulls were always fair game to her.

Maya was off like a shot after it, but if it had been a race between the two dogs, Maggie would have won hands down……….. but for a big dog, Maya is fast, and it’s all power.
She was more interested in sniffing the tufts of grass after that, then she caught sight of a collie by the water’s edge and we were forgotten. No calling or whistling had any effect as she ran off to make friends and play. Luckily the guy didn’t panic as I think we’ve met before. His dog is 6, and he has another collie of 2 which is a bit of a scatterbrain (yep, been there and going through that with Maya too) so he was quite happy for the two dogs to play. Maya then wanted the ball and the collie wasn’t sharing, so gave her a warning.
She backed off and didn’t engage, continuing to run in and out of the water going round the collie and her ball. We let her play for a little while longer, then clipped her and walked back towards the prom.
Photo May 22nd 2022.

With no-one in sight ahead or behind us, we let her off again and she was happy to run ahead and come back, responding to ‘This way’ and ‘Here’ as we’ve been training her to.
A guy went past us on his bike and gave her lots of room so we thanked him for being so considerate. Some people don’t bother and then blame the owners for their dog being out of control just for being off lead. We get a lot of here, especially in the summer.
The walk home was uneventful, but I was tiring, my back was really beginning to ache and I was glad I had the stick.

As we got to our drive, our neighbours over the road were just taking their shepherd for a walk. Hubby told Maya to sit and wait as their dog went nuts on the lead on the other side, pulling and bouncing as she tried to get the haltie off. She then started to bark and whine but Maya ignored her, waiting patiently to be let in through the gate so that she could go and pee in the back garden. We were very proud of her, and she was well rewarded when we got indoors.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Maya deserved some quality time

  1. Paula Light says:

    That’s great! Maya is doing well 💖

    • She is, very much. The haltie was good at first, then she started to fight it, which is what we didn’t want. Hubby has been persevering on his evening walks without it as it’s much quieter and no distractions. He can also let her off lead nearer to home and she is beginning to understand. We are thrilled that she now associates her yellow jacket with going for a walk and puts her head through the opening, just like Maggie used to.

  2. Wanda says:

    Maya is really a beautiful dog. It sounds like she’s growing into a very good girl. I have one that just turned one. She’s a handful even thouh she’l small. Give Maya a gooc girl pat on the head for me.

  3. glyn40wilton says:

    Maya just keeps on learning better every time. I hope you’re back has eased?

    • Maya is indeed learning and improving every day. Sadly my back is not, but I have some better days. My MRI is scheduled for the 22nd February. Hopefully they will have some answers on how to treat me.

  4. My goodness Maya is a beauty!!! ❤️ and it sounds like from her perspective she’s had a perfect day. She has the best mom and dad ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Carol anne says:

    Aww bless her Di! What an angel she was! Its good she got a nice free run on the beach! Xx

  6. murisopsis says:

    Yay! Maya is doing so very well!!

  7. Nope, Not Pam says:

    She’s doing well especially since you’ve been busy

  8. Chris Hall says:

    Beautiful Maya! 💖

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