Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Fascinating Observation while Socializing
We live right across the street from my children's school, so every afternoon at 3:15 I take Uther (15 weeks) out to the front yard when school is dismissed. The doors of the school open and kids come out, some running, some screaming, lots of bikes, cars, moms and dads...you get the idea.
The first few times I did this were tough on him. So much stimulation all at once made him pretty hyper. But, we don't have any plans to move, so I thought it would be best for him to get used to all the activity. Well, each day he's getting calmer and calmer. It's really amazing to watch him observe people, wag his tail, sit for greetings, etc. He actually looks forward to 3:15 now and runs to the door around that time of day.
Now one of our challenges is keeping him from getting too happy when the kids stop to say hello. So, yesterday is when something fascinating happened.
One of the kids came walking toward us with his mom and I could tell by their smiles and eye contact that they wanted to say hello. The mother asked if it would be ok for her son to pet the dog. I said yes but not until he is sitting and calm (he's usually all wags and wiggles and jumping up a bit). The thing is, Uther was already calm and actually in a "down" on the lawn. That's when I noticed that the boy was someone with special needs, autistic I think. Uther was so well behaved during this encounter. Unusually calm and polite. The mom and her son thanked me and walked away and then Uther went right back to his usual wiggly behavior.
Could he have known this child needed him to be extra calm???
I was amazed!
Uther Pendragon von Ziemer (born 1/2/2012) GSD
Cajun (Hurricane Katrina Rescue) birthdate unknown - Golden Mix