This is our neighbor’s dog, Chablis. She’s a 10 month old Labrador Retriever and has lots of energy. Mom took care of Chablis last weekend so they got to be good friends. Chablis’ parents don’t have enough time to give her all the exercise she needs, so mom offered to help by bringing Chablis to our back yard after work for some fun fetching and then maybe a long walk. She looks sad here, but don’t let that face fool you. She’s been playing fetch for about 20 minutes and is laying on the ball just for a little rest.
Chablis doesn’t have grass in her back yard (there’s a big pool), so she loves to come to our yard and run around like a crazy puppy and roll in the grass.
Mom bought some fetch toys for Chablis that stay in our yard. That way when Chablis comes over, she has her “new” toys that are exciting to play with. She really likes the pink squeaky football with rope arms, but it will get torn, so mom lets her play with it only after all the crazy fetching games are done.
After getting rid of some energy playing fetch, mom takes Chablis for a 1-2 mile walk. Chablis is a little behind on her training and she doesn’t get out as much as she should, so walking is an adventure. She pulls a lot and is easily distracted from any type of leash training. She does know “sit” so mom makes her do that to stop pulling on the leash.
Chablis desperately wants to meet and play with other dogs, but since she’s not our dog, mom doesn’t allow that when they’re on their walks. Yesterday, even though mom had her in a sit and was trying to hold her attention with a treat, Chablis tried to go greet another dog and lurched so hard that she almost pulled mom to the ground and it hurt mom’s shoulder a little bit. Mom wasn’t very happy about that but she knows it wasn’t Chablis’ fault. Chablis just needs her family to spend more time socializing and training her – which hopefully will happen this spring. So for the rest of this week, they’ll just play fetch in the yard and won’t take walks until mom’s shoulder is better. Dad also said that he should go on walks with them because he’s stronger and can help control Chablis so mom won’t get hurt.
Chablis isn’t anything like my former doggy brother Bentley. Granted, he was pretty old when I knew him, but he was really well trained, had great doggy manners, and was a mellow Golden Retriever. Maybe Chablis will grow up to be more like him, but it will take at least 5 or 6 years and I’ll be a senior kitty by then! But I don’t mind Chablis playing fetch in my yard. It gives me something to watch when I get bored of bird t.v.