Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Walking A Country Dog In The City


Our dog Sophie is a 'country dog'. 
That means that she generally goes wherever she wants.


We are in the city (Halifax) on a regular basis because we/she loves a park there
in which she has 'free reign' to roam anywhere.


So needless to say whenever we decide to walk her in the city 
it takes her a few minutes to adjust and get the 'feel' of the do's and don'ts.


So yesterday was no exception. We parked the car and decided to take her with us. 


We were meeting someone at her shop and we knew she loved dogs, 
so Sophie was coming along.


Ron is very patient with her as he lead her up the street a bit to have her 'heel' with him
and get used to the new surroundings.


By the time they turned around and headed back Sophie was 'in step'
and realizing, as best she could/can, that she couldn't sniff everything in sight.....


in the city she has to pay close attention to whoever is walking with her.


It really does click-in for her and we are happy 
we started this process when she was a puppy.


We were lucky yesterday to find a parking metre on the same street as our meeting.......
so we didn't have that far to go, only a couple of blocks.


And by the time we got there both Ron and Sophie were in step.


This is where our new friend, Daun, is opening a shop
 and we were invited to join in her business which opens this month.

We will be supplying the 'smalls' that will compliment her furniture.
We are excited about this new venture and I will post more soon.




23 comments:

  1. This will be so exciting. new challenges can be life changing??? then I looked at the thumbnail pics at the bottom, it was like a little slide show in very slow motion. Well done Sophie, and Ron, for lots of patience as the wee girl adjusted to city bustle. I can see lots of new photos coming soon, Greetings to all , Jean

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    1. It will be exciting if we go ahead with this. There are a couple of 'things' to iron out and we'll go from there, Jean.
      Happy you had fun with the 'slide show'!!

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  2. Ah Sophie!! Such a good girl!!
    I wish more dog owners would show this much consideration in training their dog properly.
    I can just imagine how easily it will be for you to supply the "smalls", given your stash...
    Keep us posted on this!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Sophie is a very good dog, Bruno. We take dog ownership very seriously.
      It would be very easy for us to do this considering our 'stash'!! lol
      I will keep you posted as this moves forward.

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  3. Oh Sophie is so beautiful I don't know much about her or you yet so I don't know if you moved from country to city, which would certainly be different for Sophie, she looks so brave...many challenges to come to both her and you? or is it something else? Either way I wish you 2 or 3 the very best in this new venture....

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    1. Hi Lorraine, if you wish to learn more about Sophie you could take a look at her blog. Yes, she has her own blog!! Here is a link: http://fromsophiesview.blogspot.ca/2013/11/mike-susan-hi-jack-my-blog.html
      We, Ron, myself and Sophie live in the country and visit the city often.

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    2. oh my gosh that's just wonderful, count me in I'll copy and paste, I love it!!!

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  4. How exciting! And I know "someone" has lots of mid-century collectibles to supply her shop with!

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    1. It is and we do have lots!! A few things to iron out first....then we will see. Stay tuned.

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  5. Oh Sophie, you do know how to use your city manners. The new shop sounds like a fun and exciting business venture.

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    1. Yes she does, Pat. Once she realizes that she can't roam around the city on her own, she's fine.
      The shop is a possibility for us to 'downsize' a bit and rediscover our basement!! lol

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  6. I agree how exciting for you -new adventures are a good thing-and hugs for Sophie-I am not in the city much either-definately a change from the country

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    1. Humans and animals have to make 'adjustments' in the city....for sure, Kathy!
      We will see about this new adventure for us....there are a couple of things to iron out before we 'jump aboard'.

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  7. How exciting! Can't wait to see what these 'smalls' consist of?! (In olde English, smalls were usually underwear...)

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    1. LOL!! Thank goodness for 'new English' because some would be dearly disappointed!! Thanks for the 'heads-up' Fiona.

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  8. Good girl, Sophie. I've never tried to walk Franklin outside of our neighborhood. I think he would be very frightened. Though he's not as timid as he used to be, the sight of a bicycle or skateboard or any other thingamabobs with wheels still terrifies him.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sophie was too at first Janie but after a few times she realized there was nothing to fear. Bicycles and joggers whip by her daily now and she hardly notices. I am sure Franklin would be the same.

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  9. Sophie is amazing! And Ron must be a 'dog whisperer'. They walk so well together, and Sophie is right there beside him. I do admire dogs and their owners that behave this way in the city!

    And the photos are fantastic, Jim. I love all the colours, and the lines in them.!

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  10. Glad you liked these photos Martha. I saw that these could look interesting yesterday when I saw them walking in front of this building.
    We have put a lot time into Sophie's training....especially when she was a puppy (for two years). She responds very well now when we 'signal' to her what we want. We had to do all this as she was booted out of puppy school and obedience!!LOL

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  11. Sophie is a beautiful girl. Good luck in your new venture!

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    1. Thanks Alain. We'll see where this takes us!

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  12. it really is a joy for everyone when you have a dog who is well trained, who behaves in public. Good girl Soph. Congrats on your new adventure, I can't wait to hear more.

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  13. It makes all the difference in the world Joanne to have a dog that 'listens'.....but it takes a lot of work initially.

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