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September 29th, 2013


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11:11 am - It Just Takes Practice
It struck me a day or so ago that I've had the Dangerous Dog almost nine months now, and I think he's starting to believe this is home.

When I first got him he had a feral, dangerous edge; sitting on the floor became a fraught experience for me, because he would jump at my face or growl after a few minutes or, worse, get a certain glint in his narrowed eyes that meant he was distrustful and a snap would be coming shortly. Even as he settled in, he still displayed very clear markers of his lack of trust.

Today, however, thanks to a north wind and better temperatures, we had our longer walk. (Nothing pleases Master Danger more than walking.) After an enjoyable 40 minutes of trotting and sniffing -- note: he was the only one who sniffed -- we approached our home, only to see the neighbors' barky Boxer seemingly out of its fenced space. Without thinking I picked up Master Danger, and for once my pugnacious dog allowed it, cuddling in as I walked to our front yard.

Afterward, he stretched out on the living room floor, loose and relaxed. It was time for me to work out, and he eyed me sleepily as I did my thrice-accursed burpees etc etc. Then I went to the floor -- his floor -- to do my various Pilates abs and legs exercises. He came over and curled up against me, his eyes narrowed again but in cheerful laziness.

A momentary victory, I think. :) (And next stop for Master Danger: Dogilates.) (Ha, no, seriously wow never.)

May you have your own victories today!

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From:janus_74
Date:September 29th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Yay! for cuddles :)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
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As fleeting as they were. :)

Cheers and a great day, T!
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From:anne_d
Date:September 29th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Excellent news! It sounds like you've made a major breakthrough with Master Danger. I hope things continue to improve.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
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All breakthroughs with Master Danger are conditional. ;) But today is a good day!

Hugs and a good day for you too.
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From:kathyh
Date:September 29th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Great to hear the Dangerous Dog is less dangerous.

*many hugs*
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
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He is really happy that it's sort of cooling off enough that he can walk more. And I'm happy too. :)

Hope your Sunday is awesome, K, and a great start to your week! [hugs]
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From:lazy_neutrino
Date:September 29th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations on your relentless goodwll towards him and your persistence. I still love my cat so much it hurts and I wish you many more days of lazy companionship.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
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It's so good to hear from you! :) Hurrah hurrah for your cat, and hurrah for you too.

Happy start to your week!
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From:paratti
Date:September 29th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Definite victory:)

Dances with you:)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
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He'll backslide, I'm sure, but at least today we have trust. :)

Hugs hugs, L! Happy days to you!
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From:mamculuna
Date:September 29th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
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When you win the trust of a dog, you know it's real. They don't pretend, just to be nice. Quite an accomplishment! For both.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Even a few moments' trust is so nice. I'm thrilled to see any signs of progress! :)

Hugs and great cheer to you as you start your week!
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From:gwynnega
Date:September 29th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Happy news about Master Danger. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 29th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
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He always will be Master Danger, I suspect, but it's nice if the danger can be lessened. :)

Cheers, Gwynne, and hugs!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
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Rainkatt and I are lazing in front of the window overlooking her creek watchg the water rise and the wind pick up and die down. Sounds like your day was more productive, but we send cheers from the wet northwest. I believe it will be full fall tomorrow when I fly home at last.

Cheers for conditional trustingness!

Edited at 2013-09-30 12:08 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:01 pm (UTC)
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I saw that the PNW has had terrible weather -- hope you make it home safely, and HURRAH for you both! I send hugs in your and Rainkatt's general direction. :)

Safe travels!
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From:freixenet
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
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Oh, how wonderful--true progress on the dangerous front. So glad!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
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Momentary but real progress, yes. :)

Cheers for your Monday, F!
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From:heron_pose
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
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This is such good news! Cuddled!!!

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
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He still prefers to initiate the contact, but yes, it's a yay. :)

And YAY for you, H_P! I'm thinking of you as your natal day approaches. Hugs hugs!
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From:ljrags
Date:September 30th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
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What a great thing that has been accomplished! :) I love how you and he are loving the same kinds of weather.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 30th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
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We still have so much work to do, but it is indeed a progress-marker. :)

Hugs hugs! Tea and good thing for your Monday!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:September 30th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Excellent progress there.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 30th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! My motto is "Slow progress is better than no progress." :))

Cheers and thanks, Stevie!
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From:stateless82
Date:October 1st, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
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That's wonderful! I'm so glad he's feeling secure enough to relax and cuddle. And that he's enjoying his longer walks.

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