I am so excited today! Molly and I went for a 2.5 km walk this morning and she crushed it! She walked all the way to the park (the long way) and just strutted along like a champ. She even got a thumbs up from the ex dog sitter enroute.
Then… we got to the park and one of her favourite crew members was working beside the path and a family was walking towards us. I led Molly off the path to walk along the tree line and she just trotted along beside me. The family smiled at her and the maintenance woman said she was doing GREAT. It was so fantastic!
We did it! Molly and I. I am just so proud. I did invest some money in harnesses – and finally a training harness, a clicker, and LOTS of treats. And I have gotten tips from Dan, and my sister Lorraine, and the ex dog sitter, and the lady I met at the dumpster yesterday who watches Caesar Millan You Tube videos, and Donna with Myles from Mexico. And I have gotten a lot of encouragement from too many people to mention. And it was all appreciated! But, it was Molly and I who put in the work and it all came together today. I am not about to slack off on my vigilance or claim to have totally ‘tamed the beast’ but today was a win!
Getting to this point with Molly has not been the easiest thing I have ever done and nobody would ever mistake me for a professional BIG dog trainer. (Or a small one for that matter). Molly has lived up to the Pyrenees reputation. She is STUBBORN, independent, powerful, intimidating, loud, relentless, and can be more than a bit obnoxious. At (almost) six months, she is still very much a puppy. She has landed me on the ground twice on our walks. She has jumped up on me, scratched me, and scraped me with her razor sharp baby teeth. I have pulled some UGLY litter out of her mouth (a very flat, dehydrated, roadkill squirrel yesterday 🤢). She has lunged at other people and barked at other dogs. And.. she leaks a little when Dan comes home or Genie stops by for a visit. Easy does not describe her.
BUT… Molly is so intelligent and affectionate and gorgeous and beyond entertaining. She challenges me and she inspires me. She keeps me on track for getting fit and staying fit which is huge for me right now. I just want do much to be worthy of this amazing dog. She has so much potential in the right hands.
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 💞🌞