Another softball game, joined by her BFF

This past Friday evening, we took Pyrrha to another softball game.

It was a quieter night at the park, and we were planning on meeting her buddy Roland there, so I felt good overall about bringing her along. We sat over by the field our team was playing on, which was also removed from the noisier, busier sections of the crowd.

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As you can tell, she was pretty interested in everything that was happening, but she really perked up with Roland showed up.

I was also pleased to observe that she didn’t have any leash reactivity with Roland. I was nervous about this; she hadn’t seen him in a while, and she’s been so jumpy lately with other dogs. But he sauntered right up to her, and they instantly started throwing play-bows at each other. Heartwarming. (And a reminder to me that dogs really do remember each other.)photo_2

They pretty much love each other.

Kissing her BFF Roland at the softball game. #puppylove
Puppy love.

Both dogs did a good job accepting affection from friends and strangers. Pyrrha surprised me by avidly kissing the faces of several strangers! Who knows with this dog… She is still full of surprises, apparently.

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Roland gets some love from Palmer.
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Pyrrha thinks about getting close to Brooks.

Everything went very smoothly until the very last few minutes… when another high-energy dog showed up and Pyrrha lost it (lunging, barking). SIGH. We diverted her attention, walked away, and then went home. Again, she reminds us that she’s made a lot of progress, but there is still a lot of progress to be made.

Pyrrha’s first softball game

Before we left on our beach vacation, I took Pyrrha to her first softball game.

As you can see from her ears, she was a little uneasy at first.
As you can see from her ears, she was a little uneasy at first.

The event was busier than I had anticipated, with lots of people, kids, and a few other dogs.

She is still having some reactivity issues.

Softball game | Doggerel

Can I just take a moment to complain again about irresponsible dog owners who walk their dogs on retractable leashes? UGH. This young woman had her mix breed on a retractable leash and the dog just started coming for Pyrrha. I get up immediately and start backing away from them, calling to the woman, “Please, my dog is shy…” but she does NOTHING to rein her dog in. The dog just keeps coming for us. Finally, Pyrrha lets out a HUGE warning bark, and that’s enough to stop the dog. The woman finally pulls her dog back, and I hear her mutter, “Jeez, we didn’t do anything!” Again: UGH! Ugh. The ignorance of some people…

Obviously, not everyone who uses one of these contraptions is irresponsible, but I see this behavior happen time and time again with retractable leashes. Unless you have great verbal control of your dog, just say no to retractable leashes. (Or, say no to them in crowded areas like a softball game on a Friday night.)

Anyway. Aside from that incident, Pyrrha did really well. She was nervous at first (as she still is in all new environments), but after about 15 minutes, she was sitting on my friends’ feet and even taking a nap in the grass. I’m always proud of her growing ability to overcome her fears. This event, though, was a reminder that I still need to be really vigilant about her socialization. She still has lots of room to grow!