Today ending work, like the many other days have this year, we were on our way home from the office (just a block or two from the house). As always, I bring “the bean” with me to the office, because she just gets so excited to go “bye-byes” with me.
She was sitting in the back seat of my Durango passenger side with the window down. When we got to the stop sign, she flipped out angry barking at a guy who was walking toward the truck on the passenger side. Quite honestly, I have not seen her be like this with anyone. Turns out, he was not really approaching us, just our general direction.
I have relied on my “second amendment” right for protection the last few years, but it made me feel very good that she was alert and was protective of me and my wife. Sweety-bean has been one of the best rescue dogs we have ever had and she continues to surprise me with her smarts and the connection that I have with her. Without any hesitation, if she takes off after a stray cat, or squirrel, all I have to do is call out “hep hep” and she stops in her tracks, and returns to me. I have not really taught her that, she just does it. I am totally amazed.
I have also been trying to teach her the trick of setting something on her nose (tootsie rolls are her favorite) or sometimes flattened jellie beans. We both have a bit of a sugar addiction. We have gone from a second or two on her first few attempts, to almost 10 seconds, but my hands have to stay somewhat close to her head. It has been several months that we have been learning this, and she will get it eventually, I am sure. We practice at the office all the time. We are very lucky that she chose to rescue us!