Yesterday I took Nellie and Ike to Katrin's house for a playgroup evaluation. We all know that Ike can sometimes be a brat, and Katrin wanted to meet Nellie before letting her join playgroup Monday. I thought both dogs did well. I am really impressed with Nellie - she has been allowing me to reach down and leash her without much distress. Like a lot of shy dogs, Nellie hates when you loom over her.
One of the biggest problems with Nellie at the moment is her weight. I think she is a good 10 pounds overweight. It is heart breaking because she likes to run and climb, but wearing her fur and fat she gets out of breath so easily. It really isn't fair to her. I know Nellie is exactly not what I want/need but there is a part of me almost wants her to stay with us.
I switched her to raw as she wouldn't eat her kibble and was trying to steal Ike's food. She has been WOLFING down her food - this from a dog who would barely eat her kibble even when she is at home!
This morning we went over to my friend Marlene's house. She has a great back yard and two Golden Retrievers. Michele came with her Shepherd-mix Sandy and Marlene's future daughter-in-law Shannon brought her brother's Mastiff puppy. Lots of dogs! Ike was a bit grumble-y - I think he is out of sorts with Nellie. Also, Sandy and Kody love to play and Ike then feels the need to "police." Sandy is super with both Ike and Nellie. She REALLY likes Ike but respects he likes dogs to keep their distance. Very cool.
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