Apologies in advance. This is going to be one of those posts where I gush about my job.
Normally I would not consider myself to be a morning person.
On Monday the alarm went off just after 5. Took longer than expected (need that protein shake) and was on the road by 6:30.
By 7 I was greeted by Lola. Who that morning I thought was the worlds happiest little dog. I really need to start taking video. All those bum wiggles are just way too cute.
At 7:20 I picked up Millie. This was the third time that Lola and Millie went on a walk together. They were very excited to see each other! More bum wiggles!
THEN we added Pippa to the mix. SO MANY BUM WIGGLES! The girls were SO excited to see each other. I knew it was going to be a fun walk.
One of the many things I love about my job is seeing doggy friendships emerge.
Another thing I love about my job is seeing the doggie personalities come out. And on this note I have to digress for a moment and talk specifically about Millie.
Millie has a soft spot in my heart as my first client and my loveable problem child. She wears a muzzle because her socialization skills aren’t the best. I don’t think she realizes what a strong kick-ass dog she is. She is so fast in the forest when she lets herself run full out. But she’s a bit insecure and slow to trust. Our first couple of walks together I couldn’t get her to leave my heels.
As Cesar Milan would say the power of the pack is amazing! Pippa is such a well-balanced dog. She’s my client that “gets it” the most. She just loves the forest, doing doggie things like sniffing and running around. Lola, as tiny as she is, has that terrier fearlessness and inner toughness. She’s a fun little adventure dog to add to the mix. The pair of them show Millie it’s ok to run around and be dog in the forest.
So it warms my heart to see Millie take a liking to these two and allow herself to be a dog. It’s something I can’t teach her, only the dogs can. I hear from her owner that she was extra tired yesterday! Must be all that running around she let herself do.
There are some challenges to getting good video footage of Millie. She’s so aware of my movements that when I move, she moves. When I stop, she stops. My moving video gathering is shaky at best so it can be a bit challenging to get those really awesome moments when she’s running around. Ah the trails of being a dog walker!