Small Dog, Big Lesson

Penny is smack dab in the middle of her “teenage” phase. Like most teenagers, Penny believes she knows everything and she believes she’s the coolest, toughest pup on the block.Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

Pure teenage self-confidence

At the dog beach, Penny’s teenage arrogance manifests as her setting the pace with her playmates. She charges, bounces, chases and struts on her terms and you better fall in line!

But like all teenagers, Penny has a lot to learn. There are some hard lessons I just can’t teach her. Luckily there are a few veterans at the dog beach to help educate my rabble rouser.

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Penny tried to goad this tiny guy into running away

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

She bounced and growled and showed how big she was, but he didn’t move

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

So Penny broke out her fiercest “you don’t want to mess with me” pounce-stance

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

At which point the little vet marched right into the belly of the beast

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

“I been dealing with young punks like you since before you were born…”

The little guy completely called Penny’s bluff and she froze. But the lesson wasn’t over, and I got to enjoy my best laugh of the day at Penny’s expense.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

“Get off my lawn you no-good teenager!”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

Penny sprinted away at full speed

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, Montrose Dog Beach, Marking Our Territory, adventure

And for the rest of our time at the beach, anytime my little pal stared at Penny she turned the other way

I love Penny’s confidence and spirit, but it’s also important she minds her manners. It’s good to have tiny heroes like my pal at the dog beach to help give Penny a reality check. She’ll certainly be more careful next time she asks a small dog to play!

25 Comments

Ahhh the arrogance of the youth! It was an absolute delight to scroll through this post! It’s winter here in Australia and Dexter and I are missing the White sands and blue skies you capture so beautifully. Just stunning.

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