Yesterday Stephen got to go on a long drive out to East Texas to watch some baseball. A little league baseball tournament is a sensory overload for a 6 month old pup! Wow!!
There’s food EVERYWHERE! French fries, nachos, popcorn, candy, hot dogs, chips, more candy, more french fries. On the ground, on peoples laps, on hands, on faces. The smells wafting through the air and trailing on the ground. Babies crying. Moms and Dads and coaches yelling. Lots of clapping and screaming. Cleats clomping by followed by bags and coolers on rollers. Balls flying through the air.
He met LOTS of kids. Kids who wanted to hug and kiss. Kids who were afraid. Kids who wanted to feed him chewing gum. Kids who wanted to just sit with him.
On our drive out we stopped at Buc-ee’s for gas fill-up and potty break. This person does not like Buc-ee’s. It is sensory overload for me and more than I like to deal with. But I thought it might be an interesting stop for Stephen. And it was. We encountered LOTS of oohing and aahhhing. Lots of “can we pet?” Lots of smells. Good and bad. Both at Buc-ee’s and the ball game there were lots of legs to maneuver around.
We had many opportunities to educate about puppies and guide dogs and service dogs. About good behavior. For pups and kids.
It all required a good deal of patience. And Stephen had what it took!
A good good day!
Stephen spent a day sheep herding today. Well, he actually spent the day playing with his buddy Oliver while his other friend, Nihima, did the sheep herding.
Whatever, Stephen had a Grand Adventure Day. He was not real impressed with the sheep. They weren’t quite like his goats. Maybe a bit more untrustworthy. But not something to worry about.
Oliver was much more fun!
And then there was a picnic and walk in the park by the river! He really would have liked to go for a bit of a swim, but the humans did not want to ride home with a wet, smelly pup. 😦
The geese were pretty interesting though!
All in all it was an Excellent Day. And That’ll do just fine!
Stephen discovered the ocean this past weekend. And BOY! did he love it!! Water to splash in, bubbles and crabs to catch, birds and kids to chase, sand to dig. What more could a pup ask for?!
And besides the beach, there were kids!! Kids to run with and swim with and play with and dress up with.
And there was a voyage on a real Pirate Ship!!
And shopping and restaurants and a LONG ride in the car.
Whew!! What an Adventure!!!
And on to the next one!!