What a Day!
Earlier this morning, I was saying on another thread that Newlie seemed to have fewer problems with issues toward other dogs. I should have knocked on wood.
I took Newlie to the vet today to update several of his vaccinations. There weren't many people with their dogs in the waiting room so we went on in. The office has several rooms and there was a couple with their dog in a room to the side so we stayed in the front room by ourselves. I put Newlie in a down and even though he could (gasp!) see the other dog, he was fine. He laid there quietly watching, no growling or barking, and I was so proud of him. The only thing he did was to whine every time I stopped petting him and took my hand away.
Then, we went back to see the vet. He wrestled with the vet and his son a little more than he usually does, but they were doing several things to him. Newlie was not biting or anything, just doing things like using he feet to push the vet away. He is very strong.
As a side note, I found out that they do allergy testing there, it runs somewhere between $300-$350. Right now, I have Newlie on Merrick infused raw and he does seem a little better, but time will tell. I have been fooled before into thinking he was better, but it didn't last. The problem with this food is that it is very expensive. I am going to keep him on it for a little while longer, but I am seriously considering the allergy test. If I can find out what is causing the problem, then it might give me more options.
Anyway, we left the vet's office and came home. I was on my front porch with Newlie on a leash, unlocking the door, when I saw the little neighbor girl, about ten, come into view from the side of the house. I wasn't particularly concerned because Newlie is good with kids and she really has a knack with him. Then, I saw a look on her face and in the next second, her dog, a chocolate lab, came into view off-leash. We both moved pretty darn fast. Reese started to come up the stairs to the porch and she grabbed her collar. I yanked Newlie in front of me so that my body was between Newlie and Reese. Newlie gave out a "You better get out of my yard" bark and popped his head out from between my legs, which afterward was a bit of comic relief. But it just goes to show that you can never become complacent. In a split second, everything can change.