Emory and Me
So I don't have any pictures to go with this post, which I know probably makes it totally boring, but sometimes I have these moments where I can really relate to the movie "Marley and Me." So if you have seen that movie, you may use the mental images you have from it to serve as the pictures for this post.
Today I got home, and Emory had been in her crate all day, so as soon as I took her out she was about ready to jump out of her skin. I knew I needed to take her for a walk, but Chris had the leash in his car, so I was going to have to go buy one. Since it was sort of his fault that I had to go buy one anyway, I decided to go ahead and get a leash I liked... a girly one... which for some reason Chris opposes on our GIRL dog. Anyway, I left her in the car while I bought the leash, because she would tear up that store if she came in without one. She always rides in the back of the car, but when I came out of the store I saw her sitting in the driver's seat looking right back at me as if I would just get in the passenger's side and let her take the wheel. I, on the other hand, got in the driver's seat, trying to move her over, which has harder than I thought. Since the park wasn't far, I decided just to try to drive with her in my lap... also harder than I thought. My arms were in this terrible tangle around her body trying to control the steering wheel, straining my neck to try to see the road over her. I'm sure I looked ridiculous.
We finally made it to the park, and she started playing with these two st bernards and two dogs that looked like their hair was made out of shag carpet. All very cute, but a bit large for Emory. She eventually went off on her own and I thought, whew, I don't have to stress about her getting eaten. And then... she assumed the stance... of course, I had brought no poop bags, and here were all these dog owners watching her do her business out in the grass and thinking, "I hope she is going to pick that up." Thankfully, this sweet lady came to my rescue and offered me a bag. Of course, Emory seems to always have diarrhea, so that was fun to pick up. I never could find the second dropping, but at least everyone saw me pick up something, so I figured I was safe.
Then, I got into a pleasant conversation with some people, and when I turned to glance at Emory she was jumping all over this little boy. She would never hurt him, but I think she scared him pretty bad, so I ran over and grabbed her and put her back on her leash.
We found some other dogs to play with at the end, and a woman who had brought some water for her dogs to drink (strike two against my ability as a dog owner). Emory ran over and started drinking the water. The woman said it was fine, but probably didn't expect her to polish off the whole thing!
Emory's a little hard to control when there are distractions around. These distractions could include anything from a leaf, a blade of grass, another dog, or her tail. But now that we are home, and she is curled up at my feet sleeping, I can remember how sweet she is.