Yesterday's adventure for Haddie was a stop at St*rbuck$ for some chat with my dear friend from college before walking down the street to an Art Museum. This friend has been an amazing example of support all-things-Haddie-related. She is always up for a new adventure when we get together, pacing where we go based on Haddie's age. Walk in the park? Sure! Walk through a mall? Sure! Coffee? Sure! No matter where, she is always putting Haddie first in what we can expose her to.
She knows that I know that she would make a fabulous puppy raiser. I won't try to convince her again by typing any more words that this would be a wonderful fit for her family. The timing just has to be right. I really do get that.
Haddie was more fidgety than normal during our hour coffee stay. While she didn't create a scene or cause numerous amounts of head turns (I think she blended fairly well), she just could not accept her place as Down, nor get comfy while there. It was more work and distraction for me than what I am used to. We even moved to a different spot in the coffee shop - that still didn't help.
The no dog sign posted next to the no photography sign, no cell phone sign, no eating sign, no drinking sign, did not deter us from moving forward. I am happy that while Haddie does not qualify under the Law to be out in any public forum, I am so proud that she behaves to splendidly that she "qualified" and every security guard on every floor just left us alone.
After awhile I kinda forgot that Haddie was with us. She stayed in a Heal, and when I stopped she would just stand there - for minutes not moving - waiting for Let's Go. When I asked her to Sit, she would, to Back, she would ... it was just very relaxing.
Until the times when my friend and I just wanted to sit and gab. Back to fidgety-Haddie. For whatever reason she just really wanted to be on the move yesterday.
I can tell when an outing has been stimulating for her, when she's worked hard perhaps mentally to her environment, versus physical activity, because she will sleep the rest of the day. Yesterday was one of those days. Upon Release at home, she was a rag doll on the carpet. Cora was most happy. She loves Haddie this way. Some days, I do too.
I was most pleased that Haddie behaved in her first Museum experience - one of the moments where I am most thankful for a puppy that does not Speak. Curious if our next pup will carry the same trait. It is a great perk!
Thank You, J., for always being a supporter of any adventure that I take on - for always being my cheerleader, for the laughter, the questions, the interest. You are a huge part of Haddie's journey. Thank you for being who you are and being part of my life, and Haddie's life too.