Padme and the parade!
Today our small town has a parade, contests, boardwalk vendors, and fireworks for independence day. I thought it'd be great to take padme to the parade with us for training and socialization purposes. The parade is usually a half hour long. then we come back home for a few hours until the contest starts bc my daughter was in it so I figured a short amount of time it's a cool day with a few showers and she'll have alot of new situations to encounter. she had a little trouble getting started on the leash she was pulling backward but when we got a little distance away from my husband and kids she was running to catch up and then even in front of them. there were alot people with kids and alot of dogs and even puppies there. she did pretty good at the parade sidelines and only got scared and whined and squirmed a bit when the firetrucks came by and turned their sirens on which I don't blame her even my daughter got startled by the sirens. when she was squirming and wanting down but would whine there I decided to let her wander around a bit and walked her about 12-20 feet away from the parade which was still within eyesight and earshot. everyone that saw her wanted a turn petting her people on bikes, people wearing ball caps, people in golf carts, people wearing crazy fourth of july hats and glasses, people with their dogs, children, people of all shapes,shades, heights, and ages and she didn't shy away from anyone! in fact every time they'd walk past she would chase and try to catch up with them and was so excited! then she walked a block over back to our van with no problems at all. I'd say it was a huge success!