In which Kasey makes me proud

Kasey eats a car at the Dog Walk

Yesterday I took Kasey to the 7th Annual DeBella Dog Walk. It was basically a fair for dog people in lovely Green Lane Park.  There were various rescue organizations and sponsors there, including Cutters Mill, my favorite local pet store, and K9Jym, where I take Kasey for his Rally Obedience class. There was a police narcotic and bomb dog demo, an agility demo done by the people at K9Jym, contests, and giveaways.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many dogs in one place before. And so many different breeds. I think my favorite was a mix–half St. Bernard, half Irish Wolfhound–the biggest dog I’d ever seen! There was a ACD mix puppy there who was up for adoption and promptly stole my heart. Her name was Piglet, and if Kasey had been a bit older, I might have two dogs right now.

It was hot hot hot yesterday (I think it hit 93 degrees), but I had come prepared. The night before I had wet a towel and froze it so I could wipe down his fur with nice cool water throughout the day. I also had frozen containers of water that thawed slowly so that he could always have a drink and a lick of the ice. Almost every organization that was there had a bowl of water outside their canopy and there was a lake for the puppers to cool off in, too.  I shared my water and my rag with a couple of people who said it was a great idea and they would have to remember that for next time.

Kasey was a complete joy! I was so proud of him I nearly burst. I had him on a regular 6-foot lead, but he was wearing his Easy Walker harness. I wanted him to have a good time, and I didn’t want to have to spend the whole day correcting him and working on his pulling. I am willing to put in the time, and I have been, he’s just not perfect yet and I knew there would be a lot of stimulation. Just wanted us both to relax and enjoy.

He walked nicely beside me, he greeted dogs perfectly, he let people pet him without getting too excited. Maybe it’s just because it was so hot, but even so, he was amazing. I want to keep taking him to as many events like this as I can find, it’s so good for both of us.

I love being around other dog people, and, in general, everyone was friendly and responsible. Of course, you’re going to have those poople who won’t clean up after their dog and the occasional kidlet who forgets to ask before petting… I was however, witness to a scary incident, and I didn’t see it coming at all. I had Kasey down by the lake shore so he could get his belly cool. Next to us on one side was a family (mother, father, pre-teen daughter) letting their two greyhounds in the water. On my other side a family was trying to get their little teacup chihuahua to go in the water. In a split second the greyhound who the pre-teen girl had on lead had dragged her across the water and had the little chihuahua completely in his mouth! Screaming and barking and panic ensued, and the father of the chihuahua basically pried the greyhound’s jaws apart and took his dog out. Nobody seemed to have gotten hurt except the little girl was completely shattered. Basically, all her parents said was “don’t cry it wasn’t your fault” (which it wasn’t) and “You can’t walk with Otis anymore he’s too strong for you.” Well gee, you didn’t know that before you went on the dog walk today? Suddenly Otis developed superstrength? Gah, stuff like that frustrates me.  As an aside, Kasey didn’t make a move toward that commotion after I told him stay.

All in all, it was a really good experience. I hope to find more things in the area to go to this summer. If anyone reads this and happens to be in Southeastern PA and you know of an event, let me know, please!

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