Today it is supposed to rain all day, but I didn’t want that to deter me from my daily walk (4 days in a row today!). I also figured that since the weather was so miserable, there wouldn’t be a lot of dogs out, so I could take Ollie on the walk, too!
I got the pups suited up in their rain gear, and me in mine, grabbed a camera and poop bags, and off we went!
Since Ollie’s raincoat doesn’t work with a front leash attachment harness, and since I figured there wouldn’t be other dogs out, I just used his collar! This is a huge step for me, as ever since he started not working out as a service dog for me, I haven’t felt comfortable taking him anywhere on a flat collar.
The pups were good for the most part on the walk! Well, if you are talking about not pulling from in front of me, they were excellent! The only problem? They wanted to go slower than I wanted to! It was cold out (45 degrees!) and I wanted to walk fast to stay warm. But the pups wanted to lollygag, even though Hestia was shivering for the whole second half of the walk.
I stopped a few times along the way to snap pictures 🙂 Ollie had a pretty good time, but Hestia was fairly miserable for most of the walk. She is an Empress and deems cold wet weather beneath her!
And then on my street, about 6 houses from ours, my worst fears happened. An off leash dog potting in their yard (supervised by their human, but still!). The human grabbed up the dog super fast before it could see Ollie and Hestia, and ran it inside. Ollie didn’t even see that dog. Crisis averted, or so I thought.
Then the human runs back out of the house and I notice another off leash dog in the yard! Ollie saw it, and then looked elsewhere like he didn’t care! The human reached the off leash dog right as it looked up and saw Ollie. Then the dog started snarling and yapping and struggling to get out of its owner’s arms to come after Ollie and Hestia. I was SO PROUD of Ollie! He whined a bit, then got into heel position and made eye contact with me!!!!!!!! As the dog kept barking as it was being carried off, Ollie would glance at the dog, then look back up at me, all the while staying in a loose leash heel! This is huge! Ollie is healing from his dog attacks!
Now we are home, everyone is mostly dry, and I have uploaded the pictures. Ollie is a silver Standard Poodle wearing a bright green Ruffwear raincoat with a hood. Hestia is a small black and white Japanese Chin with a smushed nose wearing a black raincoat with reflective trim.