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!