Tuesday, March 11, 2014

City Piers and Parks

Kolby has been in our household for one entire year. The time has gone by so quickly ~ we are on a one hand count in months until Kolby returns to California. During the month of February, we had some adventures that I am now just getting to post.

The kids had a Mid-Winter Break in February that lasted for a week. On somewhat of an impromptu moment, my girl and her friend asked to go to the big city and I seized the opportunity to make it an outing for Kolby too.
This was about his third time on the Pier and I will say that he rocked it. We went to the same location for lunch that I took my friend while visiting from Montana back in October. At that time Kolby was up and down and just would not settle while we ate. This time, I am so proud at his steadfast ability to hold a command. He stayed in his Down the entire lunch time ~ despite the amount of people walking past and the volume of little tiny birds flying in the outdoor picnic area. He was curious about the birds, but never moved to get closer or to become their friend. 
There is one particular hang out spot for larger sea birds - Seagulls - and Kolby was definitely fascinated by their noise and large flapping wings that basically dive bomb any spectator. Kolby maintained the Sit command and would occasionally look at me for guidance. 
Shop walking and Pier walking ended us at a park that overlooked a working train track. While we were walking toward the park, a cargo train passed us while we were on the opposite side of the street. It was loud and Kolby didn't even seem to notice. By the time we got to the park, another cargo train was passing underneath and Kolby just looked over the slates in the bridge and didn't mind the movement below him. 
Kolby is not fearful of heights - he can peer over bridges and walkways and second, third, fourth story floors with no issue. I am very happy he has always been confident in his surroundings. 
Kolby rocked the big city ~ his best city trip to date. I am so proud of his easy going nature, and his ability to listen and follow commands. He still needs encouragement in some areas, but in the end he will work through the situation and get the task completed. For example, jumping onto something is not his forte. He will do it, but we are still motivating him. 

I love the pictures we take on Kolby Outings ~ a memory that will always last. 

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