new dog teaches old man a trick or two

Dog Park

THURSDAYS w/ TZURI

– is running free with a pack of strange dogs a good idea? –

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12 responses

  1. The scenery is beyond beautiful, but Tzuri steals the show! Socialization is good, right? And oh, I would love to experience Montana one day…especially those endless fields of yellow wildflowers.

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    June 26, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    • Yes, yellow wildflowers with snow-capped mountain peaks in the background is picturesque indeed! And Tzuri has turned out to be wonderfully dog- and people-friendly. Probably more genetic than anything I have done. Thanks…

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      June 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM

  2. What fun to see her play, Tzuri is so very charming the other doggies and people must fall in love with her at once. It’s an incredible place, and yes the meadows of wildflowers! You made a wonderful choice in going there.

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    • She does indeed get a million complements, although most are not sure why she looks a little ‘different’ until I explain that she is a “long coat from German breeding, not American.” Thanks, Barbara.

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      June 26, 2014 at 8:20 PM

  3. Such fun to see Tzuri run and play. My Sissy was about 6 months when I got her. Judging by some reactions to things, I suspect she may have been spooked in some of those critical development stages. I never take her to the dog park, but she gets to run at the beach. We’ve had a couple of borderline weird encounters with other dogs, but for the most part it seems that folks are considerate and aware of doggie etiquette. Note I lean toward blaming the owners for good or bad behavior.

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    June 26, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    • The only minor problems Tzuri has ever had is with small dogs. She is not a bully but she is exuberantly playful and when a ‘lap dog’ gets a little intimidated by her, they will snap and growl at Tzuri out of fear and sparks can fly. I am one of the few at the dog park who keeps her on a leash until I see that another owner wishes our dogs to meet. 99% of the encounters are wonderful to watch.

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      June 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      • Yep… you pretty much described a couple of the encounters we’ve had that weren’t entirely pleasant. She’s had a wonderful time playing with dogs more her size. I’ll take the blame for creating or adding to the problem by picking her up at first (before I knew better) when she’d feel intimidated.

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        June 26, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        • I’m not sure picking her up is a bad thing. We are their protectors. And who can blame Sissy for preferring to play with dogs her own size/temperament?

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          June 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

          • I’m a bit ambivalent on this issue. I can’t help but wonder if I didn’t interfere a bit with her ability to socialize with other dogs. But of course the first instinct is to protect.

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            June 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

  4. Wonderfully done!!

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    June 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

  5. Claudia

    A dog park Montana style! What a great place to just hang out, enjoy the scenery and the dog activity! How nice that Tzuri is handling herself well there. At some point, Blanca decided she no longer cared for strange dogs running up to her and tended to become aggressive, especially when being interrupted by a new dog while playing with one of her buddies. So I no longer take her to dog parks, but happily she has found a buddy that she plays wildly with once a week.

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    July 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    • To me it is still an agonizing decision, whether to let her loose or not, and I don’t always do so. By the standard of other dog owners in this area I am considered “over-protective”!

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      July 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

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