March 10th 2010 5:03 pm
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It was an exciting day yesterday. I met up with Ollie and his Mom at the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville for some public access training.
We were, um, exploring the landscaping when caught sight of Ollie and his Mom. One thing that surprised me was that Ollie's Dad was balancing on a one-wheeled sort of something I had never seen before. I wasn't sure I like it at first, but then it become obvious that it was a game and I wanted to play!
Ollie and his Mom went up and down the escalator several times while I watched and got treated with cheese. That was great!
Then my human tried to lure me with cheese to follow them onto that scary thing and I refused! What was she thinking?
She tried another couple of times, but finally, we compromised with me eating treats as close as possible to the escalators while we watched Ollie and his Mom go up and down.
We walked next door to IKEA and after a quick potty break, entered the store with Ollie's Dad video recording us.
There were hardly any people! My human and Ollies Mom were amazed at the all the furniture and displays they had never seen before because of the crowds. For me, the most interesting thing was a really BIG Giant Schnauzer that snuck up behind us on the ground level.
It really shook my human, who for a second wasn't sure she was actually seeing something real -- it was so unlikely!
The Giganta-Schnauzer's handler said it was a Service Dog, but even a Service Dog in training like me knows that service dogs don't wander around at the end of a 15 foot extendable leash without their handler's attention, sneaking up on law abiding SDiTs.
The Giganta-Schnauzer actually seemed like a nice dog. Those humans should not have put that friendly giganta-schnauzer in a position to pretend to be a service dog, though.
After we settled down from the excitement, we finished walking through IKEA. I lost focus a few times, especially in the beginning, but I think I did okay. Ollie heels beautifully, especially when his Mom pushes a cart. My human wants us to learn to do that!
We walked back to the Bay Street Mall and had refreshments at Starbucks. I did great waiting in line and then I was patient and well-behaved when it was our turn to order and get our parking validated. Yay me!
Ollie and I stayed under the table while the humans talked. Well, except for once when there was a person standing behind my human's chair at the trash bin. I snuck over to say "Hi." My human was so embarrassed!
Ollie's dad took some photos of us under there. At one point while we were sleeping, our front paws touched. We're good companions. We don't have to play together to be companionable.
I slept all the way home, and then all evening.
Today, my human isn't feeling well. We visited the dog park next door at our usual early hour for some fetch before sunrise, but we've spent the rest of the day inside napping and doing a little training and playing a few games.
Tomorrow, my human hopes to take us to a breakfast restaurant after our game of fetch and then later take a ride on a bus. We'll see. She's taking some really strong medicines these days. I have to keep her from getting discouraged. She says I do a good job!
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We spent the day at home today, too. Yesterday really wore us out! You did a great job, and so did your mom-- especially with the un-service dog. Have fun tomorrow at breakfast!
I thought you two looked great when I was there several weeks ago but WOW. You really worked as a team.
i would have been very upset if that dog had come up to Dora as well.
Of course Ollie and mom looked good they always do. I love to watch them work. I was a little worried at ollie's mom' driving though(hehe). I am so happy you had sucha great training day. i guess just think of the faker as another challenge.
Brenda and Dora