I thought I'd share a recent funny experience with you all. As many of you know, our sweet rescue chihuahua Chica is now a medical alert service dog in training, after being "prescribed" (for lack of a better term) as such by my doctor, after she pre-alerted to my allergic reaction. The Dr. also thinks she may provide an additional level of early alert protection for one of my youngests' medical conditions too. (I'm being vague, out of respect for our family's medical privacy, but suffice it to say my child's condition can be quite serious/even life threatening). So Chica has been going places with us now for awhile, as part of her training, and she's been doing great. She has her own sling/messenger type carrier (which I decided on both because of her size/I'm afraid she'll get trampled on in crowded public places, and because the doc said it's best to keep her physically close to my child and I when we're out and about, as she'd then be more apt to pre-alert to any potentially serious medical incidents). Chica loves her "work bag", and runs to jump in it, all excited about spending some time seeing the sights while all nestled in her own little cocoon. She has proved to be a great incentive at my youngests' many therapies (i.e. OT, Physical Therapy & Speech), and she behaves so well while working. I've gotten numerous compliments about how she "isn't yappy, I thought all chihuahua were yappy" (ugh! breed stereotypes!!). The only continued service dog training issue we're having though is not losing it when she sees other dogs (but thankfully we rarely run into other dogs when we're inside somewhere anyway). See Chica was found, before we adopted her from a local shelter, abandoned in a field
, and we don't know what transpired there, but we do know she does not AT ALL care for other dogs. So that is the only time she barks during training time, and thankfully that has never been anywhere but at a local pet store (where it's Ok to bark. Otherwise a service dog must never bark while working). So anyway, the funny story is: A few weeks ago I took our youngest to Chuck E. Cheese for the first time. Chica did really well, and even snuggled down into her sling for a nap at one point. That was until we were approached by a staff member dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. Chica began barking wildly, and even tried to leap out of the carrier! I guess I can't say as I blame her, as I probably wouldn't care for a giant mouse coming at my family either!
I apologized to the staff, but they were fine with it, seeing as how we had already been there over an hour by that point and Chica had been so quiet and well behaved the entire time until then. The manager, who also has dogs, actually said seeing this little chi determined to "protect" her family against the giant mouse actually made her day (it was a really slow, boring business day for them/a week day). Anyway, I just thought you all might get a kick out of our little chi warrior boldly protecting her family against that evil Chuck E. Cheese fellow!
Sorry this is so long!! (My family and friends all tease me about being so longwinded in my writing). Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.