We went away this past weekend with Rita to visit my mom. My brother and his family were there as well, with my brother's mastiff, Leo, and my nephew's Lab-mix, Lucy.
|Big boy, Leo, licking the ice-ring that formed in the birdbath|
|Lucy enjoying (?) a bit of ice from the birdbath|
I wasn't too worried about how Rita would do with the dogs since at Fiesta Island she always loves the other dogs and runs up to just about all of them to say hi; she only has a problem with other pups when she's on leash. Also she'd already met Lucy a few months ago at our house and they played nonstop for about three hours.
But I was worried about how she might be with my brother and nephews. Rita has, in the past, reacted strongly to big, blond men - barking at them like crazy. Since my bro and nephews are all tall and blond, I thought she might be afraid of them.
|My tall blond goofy nephews. Wouldn't you be afraid of these people?|
Nope. She was fine with the people (mostly... there were a couple of barking incidents here and there when she was startled). It was the dogs she had a major problem with!
I think the main problem was that we arrived first on Wednesday night. Rita had already established that she owned the place by the time Lucy and Leo arrived. Rita was okay with Leo for the most part although very afraid of him because of his size, but she was downright nasty to Lucy. She seemed to have completely forgotten ever meeting Lucy before. So, most of Thursday was spent trying to keep the dogs apart. Not fun!
|Rita & Leo, getting along, while waiting for turkey tidbits|
|Leo's a big boy. Here is my size-10 slippered foot next to his bare foot|
But then, on Friday morning, Rita woke up and suddenly seemed to remember that she loves Lucy. What the heck? I do not understand this doggy of ours! She was play-bowing like crazy and trying to get Lucy to play. Lucy was understandably suspicious, but ultimately couldn't resist the invite and chased Rita around the yard. There were a few scuffles still, but nothing like on Thursday.
|"Oh yeah! I love Lucy!"|
|The dogs are a blur, racing around the yard - along with the neighbor dog|
|Hiking at Watson Lake|
|A picture perfect spot at Watson Lake|