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August 2, 2012

It’s The Little Things

Unsurprisingly, my greatest challenge with Penny is teaching her how to be subtle. Or at least a bit more subtle than her default personality, which is about as subtle as getting run over by a freight train. “Hey, Will, better back up. The train is about to
Unsurprisingly, my greatest challenge with Penny is teaching her how to be subtle. Or at least a bit more subtle than her default personality, which is about as subtle as getting run over by a freight train. montrose dog beach, chicago, rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, dog friendly

“Hey, Will, better back up. The train is about to roll through.”

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“Here she comes.”

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“And there she goes.”

For a good portion of Penny’s life, the continuation of the above scenario was me tearing down the beach after the little whirling dervish. That’s because┬ámy little freight train was looking to crash into a fun wrestling match with the closest pup.

When that dog was a Great Dane or a Lab, great. But if it was a smaller dog, Penny quite often didn’t know how to pump the breaks and play appropriately.

But after months of training and a couple early-exits from the dog park for unladylike behavior, Penny’s caught on to the fact not all dogs are equal so playtime adjustments are necessary.

The real test came last week during when a rambunctious little dog decided to “pull a Penny”

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He actually ran full speed into her!

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“Wait, so you can crash into me but I can’t crash into you!?”

I admit, I thought Penny might return the favor to the diminutive instigator and I prepared to intervene. So I was pleasantly surprised when Penny did a very un-Penny thing and showed some discretion.

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Instead of jumping on her pal, Penny pounced above, over and around the little guy

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But that was still plenty enough to send the little guy fleeing down the beach

Six months ago Penny probably would have chased that dog down the beach to give him a piece of her mind. But she was content to come back and play with us.

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“Darned kids have no respect these days”

I believe this is the second official documentation of Penny displaying restraint. Once is an accident, twice is coincidence. If there’s a third time I might have to say Penny is maturing!

And I would be just fine with that. I prefer leading the pups in a game of chase rather than trying to keep up with a runaway freight train.

Comments for It’s The Little Things

  1. Big and small I love them all. lol

  2. What a great concept, who do people spoil more than their childern? But their dog of course. I draw the line at beer though, more for me HA

  3. well done Penny :o) you are sure a lady now :o) BRAVO , you caught the best moemnts with your, cam, the photos are GREAT!!!!

  4. I love those first few pictures! They made me laugh! ­čÖé

  5. YAY PENNY!!!! Progress indeed!!!!! So happy for you! (but I love her rambunctious ways!) I am so sorry I haven’t been around, have been traveling a lot and just returned from Purina Better With Pets (where I was PRAYING that you had been, I soooo am dying to meet you all!)………came down with a virus/ear infection right after (darned planes!)…but I am back! I blogged about the Summit on my cat blog if you want to check it out, won’t post the link but the blog is Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (and that post is live today), I know you are busy, but if you get a chance, would love for you to check it out!

  6. coastingnz says:

    well done Penny. Great set of photos (as usual!).

  7. Emmadog says:

    As soon as you say maturing out loud, another pillow will magically explode at home. We know the Penny type. We love them, but they are still not to be fully trusted.

  8. Good work, P. Your behavior just got classified as a coincidence! That’s great! Soon you’ll officially be a good girl….

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  9. That is fantastic Will! Your efforts are paying off! That and a bit of maturing on Penny’s part? Love the photos as always!!!!

  10. some fun photos with your friend.

  11. fredrieka says:

    Momwithoutpaws calls me the big Galumph,I come on too strong sometimes, settle I hate the word settle especially when I am having fun

  12. Could it be that Penny the Pup is growing into Penny the Polite Young Lady? Hmm….maybe not QUITE but closing in on it anyway!!!! LOL

    Pam

  13. Kismet says:

    Hell has frozen over.

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