Update: The kindness of strangers and their help in training a puppy continues...
Children: We took Linus to the Washington DC Memorials. There is a busy path between the WWII Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. By "busy" I mean a constant stream of bicycles, joggers, walkers, strollers. We sat on a bench next to this path and watched humanity flow by. Linus was really digging it, watching and sniffing from his place next to me. Then he started hamming it up for people.
While leaving we walked passed a family sitting on a bench. Their children politely asked if they could pet Linus. We agreed and Linus said hi to the little girl, who was about 6. The 4 year old boy, however, was hesitant. He seemed a little scared of Linus who is weighing in now at 58lbs. So Linus sat on his foot and grinned at the little boy. The little boy squealed and wanted to know why Linus sat on his foot. We told him that Linus was just showing he liked him. The girl then pipes up, "does he like me too?". Yes, honey, he likes you too. Big smiles from the girl...
Seeing the little boy's discomfort, Linus then proceeds to calmly lay down on his side next to the little boy. The little boy finally melts and sees that Linus won't hurt him, gives him some pets and gets a big grin on his face.
We were so very happy to see this behavior from Linus. He's usually pretty excited around kids but was quite calm around this little boy. All-in-all a great day for socialization.
Thank you children (strangers). Thank you kindly. And thank you to the parents who raised their children to know how to behave around a dog.
Linus van Pelt Haus Juris CGC. My Sweet Babboo, born March 17, 2014.
Madeline Ronan Heart (Maddie) Dec 1997 -- November 22, 2013 Rescue GSD, Sable
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