August 1, 2010

Bark And Bluegrass

If it's called "Bark and Bluegrass," you know the Roo Crew is going to be there!

We spent a fun couple of hours enjoying the fiddlin', with the proceeds of the festival supporting local animal welfare organizations. Since all dogs were welcome at this event, we knew it would be a great opportunity in our efforts to help Ruby learn to be calm and relaxed around other dogs.

I'm happy to report that she did very well! At first, she was kind of pull-y with all the dogs walking around, but really, she wasn't even all that nuts.

Seeing all of the dogs in one place was understandably a little overwhelming for her, but she got that excitement out of the way in the first 5-10 minutes. She was pretty well-behaved as we visited the vendor booths, maybe sniffing a dog as she passed by, but when I told her to "leave" (our command for "leave it"), she absolutely did.

Since it was a dog-friendly event, all of the booths had bowls of water and yummy treats – it was doggie heaven! One booth was promoting agility and my picture-perfect girl had her photo taken for a local newspaper.

We tried our luck at a bean-bag toss and won a neat little Otter Box, the perfect size to store our mini point-and-shoot camera!

Of course, there was tasty refreshment for humans as well as doggies. But notice that little path behind us? Dogs, kids, everyone, a steady stream of folks walking by and Roo did not get up to investigate once. She just watched and hung out, and for us, that is REAL progress! Here's to my two good girls...cheers!


Heather and Ellie said...

She's getting so to college before you know it!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, how we wish we had events like that here. It would be such good training for all of us. You all look so happy on that blanket together. Hope you all have a great week.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome day!

Khyra and Khousin Merdie

Twix said...

It looks like you guys had a blast! I'm so proud of how great Ruby has been doing of late.....must be the terrific training.

Kari in WeHo said...

oh wow what an awesome event!

Don't forget, we've moved to

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

WOW Ruby - way to go.. You are definitely maturing! Great job - and great event for a great cause(s)

Carly Findlay said...

Looks like a fun day! And well done Ruby on not getting distracted by other dogs.
Thank you for so many lovely comments recently, especially the one on the DiVine article :) Much appreciated!

Whidbey Woman said...

Bark and Bluegrass... aw, I love it! What a great event that must have been.