Progress?

December 2009

Older Gentleman: Hello! How are you two today? Pretty chilly out, eh? My wife isn’t doing so well. Are you all ready for Christmas?

Me: Um, hello! We are surviving.

Shiva: Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Me: Shiva, sit, good girl!

Older Gentleman: You have a live one there, I see. I raised dogs once. Collies, they were. Seamus and Ben. They both… Blah, blah, blah

Shiva: Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Older Gentleman: *moving closer* I miss having those guys around. But when you get old, you don’t have the energy, you see. Time sure goes fast… Blah, blah, blah

Me: *barely preventing my dog from leaping upon the frail-looking man* Yeah, it’s hard.

Shiva: Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Older Gentleman: Well, I should let you continue your walk. Did you see that program about WWII on the CBC? It was very interesting… Blah, blah, blah

Shiva: Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!

Yesterday

Older Gentleman: Hello! How are you two today? Pretty chilly out, eh? My wife isn’t doing so well. Are you all ready for Christmas?

Me: We’re good! It’s nice to see the sunshine!

Shiva: Woof?

Older Gentleman: What a nice-looking dog. I raised dogs once. Collies, they were. Seamus and Ben. They both… Blah, blah, blah

Shiva: *looks up at me, then lays down, clearly bored* Sigh

Older Gentleman: *moving closer* I miss having those guys around. But when you get old, you don’t have the energy, you see. Time sure goes fast… Blah, blah, blah

Me: It sure does.

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25 thoughts on “Progress?

    • Nope, he is a real person. Every time I meet him on the street he seems to have forgotten we have talked many times before. I think his wife has diabetes, unfortunately. I have never met her.

      Aww, thanks for the kind words.

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  1. Should think the elderly man was lonely and especially he missed having dogs in his life. Maybe next time you meet Shiva will actually not bark, then the next allow the man to get closer and eventually actually allow him to stroke her.

    Sounds like the man did the rigt thing by ignoring Shiva and just alking to you.

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  2. I love when we can see tangible progress in our reactive dogs’ behavior!

    It’s really awesome of you to give this gentleman a few minutes of your time. You and Shiva may be the high point of his day, giving him a chance to reminisce about his beloved companions!

    Kudos on both counts!

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  3. that’s fantastic! i love that shiva’s OBVIOUSLY becoming A Good Girl and i love the way you wrote it!

    on another note, we have people like that old man here too…including an old cat lady who’s been calling rufus “bruno” the last 9 years 🙂

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  4. That is progress, for sure! I’m proud of Shiva AND you for coming so far in only a year. I hopes you both get extra treats tonight!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

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  5. WWOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMD I remember the first time Emma saw someone raise an arm and then looked at me for her treat. I nearly wet myself.

    Serious pats and scritches for both of you!

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  6. Very cool!! I’d say that is some great progress! Especially since this gentlmen isn’t reacting to Shiva. That always helps. I’ve found when people instantly think they should pet my dogs right off the bat, some of my dogs are not comfortable with this. But we still have a long ways to go meeting strangers for the first time. Very impressive! Keep up the good work!

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  7. I have no words… I just have a silly look on my face, a cross between wanting to smile and a cry at the same time. How amazing you showed how time quickly passes. How beautiful it was that Shiva matured so much. How sad the older man was in the same place as a year before….

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  8. I’ve been living this “Wow, a year ago …” thing with Danny for the past couple months. It is unbelievably awesome to know that you (and me) and the dog(s) have worked so hard to not be nut cases — and it’s making a difference for all of us. Here’s to 2011, year of the calm-ish canine.

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