Above, Beth does her morning stretch, or what passes for a stretch when you are old and stiff.
They did not tell us.
For weeks now Fiona and Abby, two golden doodles over at Another Tequila Sunrise, have been attending a treat class. They discovered that if you behave badly and ignore commands, the two legged ones take you to pet store, enroll you in a class, and a trainer teaches your owners how to give you treats. Yes, it is true, and they did not share this information with us. Go to http://lizski.blogspot.com/ and read all about it for yourself. For the last few weeks they have been blogging on all the treats they get, even real hot dogs, and they get to walk up and down the isles of the store and pick out their own treats. They get play dates with other dogs, treats by the pound, lots of pets and attention, all for just being bad.
And they did not tell us.
A store employee teaches owners how to give treats properly and frequently. How to bring your best friends to the pet store and treat them. How to pet you, how to buy you new collars, and how to spoil you. All for just ignoring a few commands.
And they did not tell us. They just ate the hot dog treats, played with their friends, then went home and ignored more commands.
What a deal. And they did not tell us. You would think that we would get some kind of news flash.
I hope you all go to their blog and leave some nasty comments. Tell them that with news like that, they need to get the word out. This is something that is important to all of dogdom. They held out on us. Spread the word. All this time we have had it backwards, we thought we got treats for being good. Now we have discovered that being bad is what brings in the loot. And they did not tell us!
Meanwhile, Beth is doing fine. She is gaining a little weight, and she is learning her way around fast. Beth is pretty hard of hearing, but she hears a little. She has bad vision, but none of that is slowing her down. She has taken possession of the bed beside the bed upstairs. Her hips seem to hurt when she walks. We have another vet appointment on Tuesday to check her teeth again and to see how her hips are. She gets up stairs, but not easily. She responds to hand signs pretty good. She is fast becoming a member of the pack. When they were drilling Roxie on her commands a week ago, they looked around and found that Beth was following the commands, mostly the hand signs. Beth has been trained at some time in her past, which makes her being abandoned on a rural road all the more disturbing. Someone loved her enough to work with her, then dumped her. Why?
Mogley G. Retriever