The other night, I was flipping around the channels and I stopped on a nature program. Kiva and Ruby love to watch how the other half lives.
There were lots of clips of all different kinds of birds and animals, and my dogs were enjoying the show with their Milk Duds and popcorn (KIDDING, I know that's bad for them, they were really just having a couple of beers), when a buffalo herd came on. Out of nowhere, Ruby rushes the screen and starts growling and barking at them. When a different group of animals came on screen, she stopped and watched calmly, just as she had before.
I had no idea that the buffalo was Ruby's arch nemesis. Like Sauron and Frodo! The Joker and Batman! Salt and a Slug! But I can't be sending this service puppy off to higher education with the caveat that she's great in public except if someone brings a bison.
What's a puppy raiser to do? Why, introduce her to a buffalo herd of course! So the next day, I popped the Roo in the car and off we went. Ah, Colorado.
Turned out, they didn't irk her nearly as much in person...er, in buffalo. I took some video so I could play it at home and see if she still got agitated. She saw it on my computer and was interested, but not at all growly. I'll have to try it on the big screen.
We also got a chance to build on last week's horse lessons, up close and personal. Warning for the easily nauseated: parts of this video look like I was bouncing down the range on a pogo stick. I am far more adept at juggling dogs, livestock, and a DSLR than I am yet at dogs, livestock, and a video camera.
BTW, those little peeps and yeeps you'll hear in the background? Prairie dogs.