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Old 06-07-2014, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So today the kids and Gretchen (17 weeks) are in the yard playing while I'm cleaning house. I hear a deep, loud, mean-sounding series of barks and my first thought is that there's another dog in my yard. I have 6 acres. I run to the front door and see this:

A neighbor came today to ask to borrow our tractor as their son got his truck stuck in the creek. My sweet Gretchen ran and got between the neighbor and the kids and started barking a serious “back off” bark. The kids tried to go around her to talk to the neighbor and the herding instinct kicked in and she was nipping them into a herd away from the neighbor.

I couldn’t help it and had to laugh at what I saw. Told the kids and the neighbor she’s simply doing her job. Introduced the neighbor to Gretchen and she stopped barking but wouldn’t allow unfettered access to her kids. She stuck to them like Velcro. I was fine with this as this isn’t a neighbor I’m close to and would prefer a little suspicion pending my arrival. My poor neighbor thought she was nearly full grown. She's only 35 pounds. She certainly had the bark of a full-grown dog. We live rurally so a protective dog is valued around here. The neighbor complimented me on Gretchen’s willingness to watch over my kids.

This is the first time I've seen anything other than silly puppy brain out of Gretchen. I saw her all bowed up, ears fully alert, and meaning business. I'm happy with what I saw.

Now to just get her to understand that no, the cats really don't wanna play.
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Sounds like you have yourself a good one!!!!

Get her out, keep her socialized so she knows the good from the bad, and be proud if your girl.


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Wow! Sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders! Extra loving and treats tonight!!
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Sounds like you have yourself a good one!!!!

Get her out, keep her socialized so she knows the good from the bad, and be proud if your girl.


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I've taken her everywhere in town they allow dogs. She's met lots and lots of people. When I take my kids to religious ed classes at the local Catholic church, Gretchen and I go hang out in the church's adjacent park. We've met a lot of people there. We go to Tractor Supply to pick up food, treats, and toys and she has the entire staff wrapped around her paw. She's a sweet, silly girl. I've never seen this side of her, though. I noticed on Memorial Day when we had people over that she was circling the kids and wouldn't leave them alone and thought that a good thing. This was the first time someone's approached the kids without me present, and I'm really proud of how she handled it.
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Wow! Sounds like she has a good head on her shoulders! Extra loving and treats tonight!!
She got lots of treats and a whole can of her favorite dog food in with her kibble instead of the half she usually gets. Lots of love and praise, too. She knew she'd been a good girl and made mama happy.

Here's one of her silly pictures...an attempt to be close to my youngest daughter no matter what she had to do to do it.

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