It was a very exciting day for Ms. Marcy!
First, have to give a ding, ding, shout out, and ping back to Far Fetched Friends. Turns out, the world is smaller than it appears! We actually met in person for a for a hike-date this morning at the McDowell Mountains! I am having some technical difficulties downloading the pictures of Pierre the Pit-huahua (or is he a Chit-bull?) from the camera. Hopefully I can get them soon.
This was Marcy’s first outing, sans other Run A Muck Ranch kids, and with ‘strangers’. Though she wasn’t as brave as I had hoped she would be, she held her own, even stepping over to Far Fetched’s Vanessa for protection against mountain bikers. It doesn’t sound like much, but for Marcy, that particular act was huge. It was the first time ever Marcy approached a non-Run A Muck Ranch human voluntarily.
Looking forward to a future hike-date closer to Far Fetched’s zip code next month! For that visit, I will be better prepared for video and still documentation!
As luck would have it, leaving the trailhead put us right around the corner from the wonderful person, Kim S. who transported Marcy from the Streets of South Phoenix to me. Since they hadn’t seen each other since that day, we stopped over for a visit.
Now, we have to keep in mind Marcy had just finished a couple of hour hike, with elevated adrenaline, this being her first time solo with strangers and all.
Rylee, Kim’s beautiful lab girl REALLLY wanted Marcy to play.
This was Marcy’s response:
As fierce as Marcy wanted to appear, the soprano growling and her Halloween cat-like postures made it hard not to point and laugh.
But this will be the ONLY time we will point, laugh and take pictures. Kim has graciously agreed to accept Marcy over for additional play dates, when she isn’t so tired, to show her that dogs outside Run A Muck Ranch can be fun too. Rylee has a pool, and Marcy is a minnow. Rylee would be a great friend to have!
Marcy can not be allowed to act ‘aggressive’ or at least her attempt at being aggressive, toward non-Run A Muck Ranch dogs. In addition to play dates with Rylee, Marcy will immediately start visiting PetsMarts and other places we can encounter dogs to get her out of Cujo mode. Just as learning to accept other people is for Marcy’s safety, so too is accepting other dogs.