I remember the first day we went there too. I was trying to teach her to walk on a leash, and boy was she clueless! I remember being in the middle of that soccer field, and she sat there watching me, as I tugged a little on the leash to try and get her moving, but she was planted! I'd tug, she'd look, but she refused to move whenever that leash was attached. She was so damn cute, all I could do was chuckle. I tried treats, sweet talk, firm talk....nothing. Finally, I dropped the leash and started walking away from her, she immediately followed, then I picked up the leash and she looked right at me, like, "Oh, I see...." and off we went. I knew from that day that she was gonna be a special dog.
See those beautiful green eyes ^^? That's how she got her name Jade. The green in her eyes have dulled a little, they're more hazel-like now, but still just as warm, and just as beautiful! Nothing but a whole lot of love in this dog!
Anyway, back to the dusty trails....once Jade got to the park, she got used to the boots really quickly and started jogging. Soon we were hitting the dusty, desert trails, behind the park, as to avoid the pit bull walker that shows up every Tuesday and Wednesday, with her now four pit bulls. She has a female pit bull, and 3 puppies. The puppies already have their ears cropped, ready for fighting, I suppose. I don't see any good reason to crop your pit bull's ears unless, one, you plan to fight your pit bull and that way their opponent can't get hold of their ears to maul, or two, you just want your pit bull to look more intimidating. Either purpose to me, is disgusting! Every time I see this nutter, I either turn around and head in the other direction, refusing to put my precious girl (that's right, my precious girl) in a situation where she has any potential of getting hurt, I make the widest possible half-circle around her that I can, or I just stop where I am, farthest away from her, and wait for her to pass by with her mutants. I care NOT if she sees me doing this....I'm not the only one that does it. However, because she has seen me, whenever she has the opportunity, she gets as close to me as she can, and lets her mutants get as close as they can, and she giggles to her fellow nutters about the great accomplish she's just made, or smiles a very ugly smile at me. What a winner! Gee, makes you wonder why people can't stand pit bulls and their owners, doesn't it?!
I digress...Along the dusty trails we went, enjoying the setting sun and the fresh air, and the space away from any vicious mutant dogs. Jade stopped to sniff here and there, but I keep a VERY close eye on what she stops to sniff, as it's snake season around these parts and the LAST thing we need is Jade getting bit by a rattler. We saw one recently on those trails, although it was baby, and it was half dead. It looked like someone had already gotten to it and probably poked it around with a stick. People just have zero respect for wildlife. When I saw it, we were actually passing right over it. They're not easy to see as they look just like sticks on the trail. Especially the baby ones; and the baby ones are the most dangerous, I believe, as they tend to be the most venomous. That's because the babies need extra protection and mother nature takes care of that for them. Jade had just jogged right over it when I saw it, so now I'm more careful about looking ahead on the trails. That could've been a nightmare!
People stared, they pointed, they giggled, and I could hear them talking about "that dog wearing shoes!" I don't mind, I'm proud of my girl! She makes me happy! Two women power-walked by us and said, "You're dog is SO cute! I love her boots!" They asked where we got them, and we had a brief exchange. They were very nice, and most people are at the park, and they often comment on Jade. She's either playing a masterful game of fetch with me, running back to me and placing the ball directly in my hand, jogging along carrying her water bottle, which people just love to comment on, "Look at that dog carrying her own water!"..... and now it's the boots!
This dog is definitely NOT starved for attention, I must say!
|"There's been a coyote around here!"|
|Boots? What boots?|
Finally, it was time for a water break, then we headed home.
I took the boots off when we got home and she licked her paws a little. I wonder if they're a little sore. We all have a little trouble breaking in new shoes. I checked her paws for any blisters or sores, and everything looks good. I'll see how she's doing tomorrow and give her a break from them.
We have training tomorrow and she'll have to wear her mobility harness, so I won't make her wear the boots at the same time...at least not yet. She needs to be able to focus on training and doing mobility work for me, first and foremost. Once she's used to the boots and it's like an everyday thing, then we'll go for both.
|Getting tired, and time to head home!|
WE SURE DO LOVE THE PARK, DON'T WE, JADE!?