September 19th 2012 11:10 am
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I took Lone Star down to my son's primary school today for the first time this term. It was her first time. We were to meet with his teacher after all the kids had gone.
She was spot on in everything despite walking a new path and having family with us. We saw dogs, kids in buggies, strollers, toddlers, older kids, teens, bikes, scooters, cars and many more things.
She lay quiet during the meeting and we spent some time at the playground afterwards. Star showed a side I didn't expect in her as she was worried about my son if he got to far ahead of us adults. She was great in the playground with all the kids running around. Since I was safe on a bench she spent the time watching my son.
On the way home I was tired and needed frequent rests. She was understanding. She learned my "stand" command (which means to stand and let me use the dog as a balance to get up). She also finally "released" peed. I'm sure she'll know the command now that she did it and I told her what it was.
She was very watchful of everything and even kept trying to veer me to one side of the side walk. When my husband mentioned it I told him I thought it was because she wanted to smell the fence. He told me that actually I was placing my crutch to close to the curb and he was sure I would eventually end up in the gutter. After that I trusted her judgement and we were fine.
My son's teacher has invited us to come in and talk about working dogs to the class. I'm in a lot of pain but it was worth it.