A New Painting Experience
Well, it seems like I keep starting this blog by saying, "I haven't been adding anything to this blog for awhile". And it's true, I haven't. But now that I am back in Northampton and life is more regulated, I am looking forward to a more regular painting schedule.
We added a new member to our family last week. His name is Tylo and we call him Ty. It is taking him awhile to get used to his new surroundings. He is fearful going into new rooms or hallways. He is part Pyrenees and Lab. I describe him as a white lab on stilts with masca'ra!!
He is very sweet with people - adults and kids. He is a bit independent - but as I read in my research, Great Pyrenees dogs have to often work in the mountains on their own guarding sheep, and so they make their own decisions too.
Considering all of that, he seems well trained, Come, Sit, Stay, Heel --- when he wants to. But we are working on that, and he is responding nicely. We have an appointment with a dog trainer next week to round things out.
Ok, they also have very sensitive hearing and eyesight - all the better to see and/or smell you. Or predators which bring forth a warning bark - warning us of passing cars and other noises and other dogs. An there in lies the problem. We are learning to wear a "gentle leader" so that we can better control him while on walks. He is afraid of and therefore aggressive towards other dogs. That can ruin an otherwise very nice walk or run.
We are working on it.
He tried an overnight at my daughter's house... but it was unsuccessful. He barked continuously so much so that he ended up on our door step at 11:30PM. I still think he is getting over his experience as a rescue dog and that he was just shaken by being separated from my husband and me just as he was getting used to us. That's ok, we have time.
Soon we will go out painting together and it will be fun!!!!