Yesterday we met up with Scarlet and her dog Mia for a Manners Evaluation. My new unicorn guinea pig leggings arrived, so I was excited to wear them! They are light aqua colored and have rainbows and colorful clouds and stars on them. The guinea pigs are all wearing rainbow unicorn horns and have odd looking wings coming out of their butts!
We met up at PetSmart, which is one of the stores where Hestia is always terrible. I am guessing the smells of all the other animals using the store as a toilet, all the food and treats, and remembering going on walks in the store when she was a puppy and it was snowing out combine to make this store her kryptonite.
She was AWFUL in the store! She kept pulling and sniffing everything and trying to say hi to Mia. I was very embarrassed!
We did most of the Manners Evaluation in PetSmart. When it came time to test Mia around other dogs, we went up to the entrance of the store and stood off to the side. We had Mia and Hestia in sits when a man with a pitbull came into the store. He was barely able to hold onto his dog’s leash, his dog was pulling so hard. His dog locked eyes on Hestia and Mia and made it its life mission to come see them.
The man called out “Can we come say hi?”. I said “No, we don’t want them to say hi, thanks”. The man replied (still coming closer), “My dog’s friendly!”. I replied “No, please don’t”. Luckily the man stopped approaching at this point. His dog was wavering between friendliness and the type of over-excitement that can lead to bad things… He said again, “But he’s friendly!”. I said “No”. He said again, “He’s friendly!”. I finally lost my patience and said “No. These dogs aren’t!” (not because they’re not friendly, but to try to get the man to go away!) The man seemed stunned and said one last time “But he’s friendly!”. I said again “No. These dogs aren’t friendly”. Finally he gave up!
Boy was that stressful! But Mia and Hestia handled it well. They both stayed in their stays. Mia was getting treats and was able to ignore the dog pretty well. I was so busy trying to tell this man not to bring his dog over that I wasn’t giving Hestia treats, so she was leaning waaaaaay over as far as she could lean from her sit position! But she stayed sitting!
After that, we headed over to Home Depot. We hung out near the entrance and talked for a while. It was really good to meet Mia! I’ve heard a lot about her from Scarlet, but hadn’t met her before. Mia passed her ME, yay!
After Home Depot (where Hestia immediately regained her brain, by the way!), Brad and I went to Earth Fare for our weekly shopping trip. Hestia was very very good in the store, and I was really proud of her. We got all sorts of yummy healthy food, yay! I got a coupon for $2 off their juice, and was very excited because I love juice. But even with $2 off, their juice was twice as expensive as the same cold-pressed organic juice from 7-Eleven!
Brad got some pictures of us at PetSmart and Home depot! Scarlet is a person wearing black with a grey sweater, with hair down the middle of their head dyed a light teal color. Mia is a brindle standard poodle, but mostly gray. I am a woman with curly brown hair wearing a dark teal top and aqua unicorn guinea pig leggings. Hestia is a small white and black Japanese Chin with a smushed nose, wearing a purple coat. Brad is a clean-shaven man wearing a white driving cap with blue and purple flowers and lace. He has on a purple blazer, a purple scarf with silver ovals, and a purple tie with Hawaiian flowers on it. He is wearing a silver cat pin with a butterfly on its nose. His blanket on his lap is teal, purple, and white in an Indian design. He is wearing shoes that have a white background with purple, blue, and pink designs on them.
Brad looks so different!
We usually go to PetCo because it’s a lot closer. After we move I don’t know what’s where. We made the mistake of going into Petco on Saturday once. Dogs all over the place, pulling and bouncing and I don’t know what all. When I wasn’t holding Eowyn to protect her, she heeled beautifully for me, ignoring the other dogs. In all the times we’ve been there or at PetsMart, she has never once sniffed at anything unless I held it out to her. Given her mental issues – brain issues, I should say – I’m very proud of her.
Good job, Scarlet and Mia! (Also, Scarlet, I love your shirt!!) 😉