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Willow's trip, part two.

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by GlennR, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

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    It was interesting to see the behavioral changes in Willow since her last visit up to North Bay. She was really gentle with her grandparents, in their nineties and frail, restraining her usual exuberance and approaching them for cuddles softly. She saved all her rambunctious play for me. She also took herself up and down the stairs with ease. I was pleased she didn't rush up and learned to wait for the door to be opened properly.

    There were lots of positive changes including greater impulse control over greeting everyone she meets by trying to climb up them. She's not perfect but if dogs and people ignore her, she's willing to walk by. However, if you can imagine a river of love and affection with a very shaky damn that sums her up. If she's given any encouragement she will immediately try to approach them and the river runs over the dam and I have to command her to sit and stay. We were able to bring her along in the car to coffee shops where she'd just enjoy her car seat while we drank our coffees in the car with the windows rolled down. She was the queen of the car offering not a whimper of protest or any protective behavior towards anyone walking by just lazing about in her car seat and watching the people and traffic.

    The pictures that follow are set on the Kinsmen Trail that runs alongside Chippewa Creek. The trail runs near the house, only two or three short blocks away. It's best to be off the trail before evening brings the mosquitos out.

    Here's a little documentary about it:


    Here are shots of Willow and my wife on the trail.
    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-hm6qwdc/0/ba597406/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1802-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-qJ5WBNk/0/e50fd2e4/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1799-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-nGwH7wL/0/a0de888b/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1796-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-qNck4kq/0/ae4801e2/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1805-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-hQ3zr8r/0/95b648e2/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1801-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-SbrFzbg/0/9c1e4132/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1806-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-pVDNqNb/0/b81fe2b4/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1804-X2.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/Willow/i-R66Mdnb/0/182891b0/X2/2019071613022288-IMG_1803-X2.jpg

    As usual, we got a lot of attention from people who saw her including a childhood friend of my wife's. That was interesting. We walked around the block and this lady came out asking if she could pet Willow and of course we said yes. In the course of the discussion that followed they discovered they went to high school together.

    Perhaps Willow's grandmom said it best, "She looks like she belongs in a magazine."
    :) Of course, I agreed as she has me wrapped firmly around her paw.
     
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  2. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Premium Member

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    She is so cute anyway but just wait till she comes into full coat - you could always get her a talent agent! Don't laugh too hard - years ago our vet's office called me and said our Shelties were wanted for a Ralph Lauren photo shoot happening in town - we laughed and said "Yeah, right!" because the office manager was known for practical jokes, but it was real. Asta and Ally went to a two day photo shoot, earning $700 (!!!) and were featured in a clothing catalogue with a tall gorgeous Brazilian model. It was quite the experience.

    The thing that made us incredulous was the instruction for our dogs to "dance" with the male model - uh, no. These are SHELTIES, the guy is a STRANGER, what do you expect here????!! :rolleyes2: We did finally give the young man some treats to hand out and then they were more attentive, but dancing? Nope.

    Lovely report on how Willow is maturing. Looks like a great trip was had by all.
     
  3. Sandy in CT

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    What a great photo of her perfectly set ears in that last shot!

    I agree with Grandma!!!!
     
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  4. KarenCurtis

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    Beautiful Willow!
     
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  5. KarenCurtis

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    It looks like she has a full coat
     
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  6. Calliesmom

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    great pix- nice scenery and of course, Willow makes it that much prettier:yes:
     
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  7. Hanne

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    Willow is so beautiful - how will she not be when she is fully grown :wink2:
     
  8. Chris

    Chris Premium Member

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    OK, Glenn, where are the pictures with YOU and Willow? :wink2: (These are really wonderful.)
     
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