It’s a school day! Katie says…..
…”HURRY UP MAMA!”
So do you want to hear a cute story about school today? You do? Of course you do!
Over the past year I’ve had issues with Katie coming in straight when we do our recalls. She sits at the heel position, I tell her to wait and walk all the way down to the other end of the mat, way across the big room. Then I turn and she is supposed to wait till I call her to come, then run really fast and really straight and sit right in front of me. If she gazes adoringly up at me that’s extra points.
She’s been sort of independent lately…she comes running straight at me and then sits crooked, her behind angled to the left. Or she sits straight but just slightly offset to the right. An excellent recall used to be something I could count on, but for weeks she’s been doing her own thing. Obviously she’s getting some sort of cue from me. So I try not to move at all while she’s running toward me.
This morning another dog had a small accident on the mat which the instructor cleaned up with a mop. There was a dark rectangle left behind before the mat dried completely. None of the dogs running before Katie noticed. Neither did I as I put her in a wait and walked down to the other end of the mat.
“COME!” I called, trying to remain as motionless as possible. She raced toward me, happy grin on her face, fur flowing. And when she got to the damp spot she daintily pranced around the dark patch, then returned to the middle of the mat and continued on full speed to sit directly in front of me. And eyed me adoringly.
I was trying so hard not to laugh. A princess through and through Katie wasn’t going to get her pretty little feet wet by racing through that dark patch. Not her. Of course not. Why was I surprised?
After all it’s my Katie-girl.