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.