Made the Meet-Up – Finally


We got dressed (that involves at least wiping Emmy down with Pet Wipes, brushing her teeth, cleaning out her ears, and checking her nails – grinding them down as necessary) and pranced out to the car – well, Emmy pranced, I stumbled and “cripped” my way to the car.

We drove 15 miles to the location – a lovely dog care place – grooming, boarding, day camp and training all go on there. There is a small shop in  the entry room, too.

We were directed to the front desk to sign in, and then went to one of the Dogie Day Care area. It was very nice. Three other people were there with 5 other dogs. Emmy was shy, and kept coming back to me. She tried to make friends with one of the 3 dachshunds that were there. He snarled and snapped at her. She came back to me and stayed by me for a while. Then she tried to make friends with a beautiful English sheep dog. He ignored her. So she came back to me. She made some overtures to a little terrier-type mutt who was relatively accepting, but wouldn’t play. The other two dachshunds were not very interested in playing, either. One little guy tried to “hump” every thing and everybody. Emmy disgustedly shook him off her leg and when he came back she growled a little. So he went over to try to hump the English sheep dog, who shook him off and then ignored him.

After about 45 minutes, the other people decided to go to a nearby off-leash animal park. I wasn’t going to do that. I’ve been warned that there are many people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop, and the dogs are undisciplined.

So, I guess it was a bust. She was very happy to put her cape back on and put her Gentle Leader on and to go home. We’ll try again next month and see if it’s a little better. The facility is very, very nice, and the possibilities are there for doggies to have fun with other doggies. It just didn’t happen today.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Feb 12, 2009 @ 09:02:43

    That’s too bad. I’m sorry this time was a bust, but maybe next time won’t be.

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  2. Turtlemom3
    Feb 13, 2009 @ 08:46:50

    I hope so. Emmy NEEDS other doggies to play with. I’ve looked all over, but there just aren’t any except at this place. I can’t afford the cost of putting her in doggie day care once a week – or even once a month! 😦

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  3. Suzanne
    Feb 14, 2009 @ 10:04:28

    Are there any other people near you who have assistance dogs? Even a child who has a dog? If there is, perhaps you could make “play dates” with this person(s)? I don’t know how you’d find out about this, but perhaps PAALS could help locate another person near you. (If you find a child with an assistance dog nearby, you might want to bring along your grandson.)

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  4. turtlemom3
    Feb 16, 2009 @ 11:30:49

    The people with assistance dogs that I have located do not go out with them – they are too handicapped. They were not interested in “play dates” with Emmy because their dogs work 24-7. They don’t seem to realize the need to allow them play time with other dogs. So I’m trying to find play opportunities for her in other venues.
    I was warned away from dog parks because feces are not picked up and cats get into them (cat poop is for some reason irresistible to dogs).
    So I’ll just have to look for other opportunities.

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