Over the past few months while relocating to the wet-side of the State, I’ve found myself staying in a resort motel just outside of Tonasket. I’ve been honing my “materials list” for things that I have found to make traveling and hoteling with my Bouvier team a better experience.
Because Alice is 98% blind and deaf, a leash and tether is essential. Were Alice a chewer, my tether would be a cable, but she’s not, so Wil’s 15 foot long-line works just fine. I use this when I’m loading or unloading the car. I tie her to a picnic table in the front yard of my rented unit. If you do this with your dog, be sure that a few things are true:
Training your dog to walk politely on a leash may require a new tools– a 6′ leash and a choke collar. Such is the case with Wil and me. We are ratcheting up our obedience expectations. And with that we needed two tools that we ordinarily would not use: A choke collar and a leather leash.
The Fierce Jungle Animal!
Wil is the third of three dogs I ever got over the age of 8 weeks of age. One was Buck, about whom I’ve written in another post. Another was a little 8 pound Jack Russel Terrorist- Chihuahua mix. In all the years I had either of them, their early leash-training (i.e. “lack there-of”) left “ghosts” of behavior. In other words, when it suited them, they resorted to pulling my arm out of its socket. (Yes, even the Fierce Jungle Animal!)
Such is the case with Wil.
It’s that time of year again– Time for goblins, princesses, pirates, and three-headed Chihuahuas to take to the streets!
Three-Headed Chihuahua — Image courtesy of Petful
If you’re one to celebrate or participate in Halloween festivities you might check this out to see if there is an event near you: 2015 Halloween Events .
I’d like to point out a few things that will help keep you and your dog safe.
If you head out with your dog to partake in Halloween events, keep an eye on your dog for signs of stress.
I am selling my ranch, and as I’m not sure where I’ll land or when I’ll be settled, I must sell my cattle. This is a difficult thing to do, for over the past 4 years I have come to regard cows as honorable, spiritual beings. I will miss them.
And so will Wil. They have been instrumental as (Alice and I) have worked to rehabilitate this now 6 year old Bouvier to assume responsibilities of a working ranch dog. One of these skills is herding cattle!
Mab- Still on the Ranch with Moo Friends
Late yesterday morning we set up a loading zone and ushered Mab, a one year-old heifer, into the trailer. She went in quietly. I took her to East Wenatchee to her new home. Her new owners had prepared a 4-strand barbed wire fence that was about 150×150 feet. When I opened the door to the trailer, she hopped out, looked around, and started bawling. “Moooooo???” she called. “Moooooooooo!” – Where are my friends? Where is my family? Where am I? HELP!