Happy 7th Birthday!

Enjoying a walk through the wintry woods.

Since Risa is a rescue dog, I don’t know her exact Birthday. She was 2.5 years old when I got her in July 2006, I picked January 10th. It was also my grandfather’s Birthday and I never got to meet him. So I also picked it in remembrance of him.

Having spent the weekend at a rally trial that was a bit more for me than her, I decided we needed to focus on things Risa really enjoyed today. I took her down to one of her favorite places to walk for a four-mile excursion in the snow. If she found a good spot to sniff, I let her have her fill of the scents. Risa really enjoys going off the path through the forested area so I made sure she had a chance to wander around up there.

We got home and spent some time playing fetch with the Wubbas in the yard. Risa really enjoyed sprinting around the yard and chasing one of her favorite toys.

After all that, she was tired so she took a nap. I gave her a squirrel squeaker mat for her first present. It has 16 squeakers in it and she was quite pleased to get it. 🙂

She also got a buffalo bully stick. It’s only the third time she’s had a bully stick and she was SUPER excited to have it. I had frozen it so it would last longer and she seemed so blissful while she was chewing it.

Buffalo bully stick bliss.

At one point, I noticed she had some of it stuck on the side of her face. I reached out to brush it off and Risa thought I was going to steal her goodie! She growled, grabbed the bully stick, and ran off. I was stunned. I know she has some resource guarding tendencies, even with humans. But she’s never EVER growled when I’ve tried to take something away. I have removed raw meat and bones from her mouth with nothing worse than a whale eye or her pulling away from me. However, I always trade for her goodies.

I wasn’t angry with her. In fact, I felt awful. I hadn’t meant to worry her so much that she felt she needed to guard her goodie from me. 🙁 She had dropped it on the other side of the couch and I went over to take it. I called her back over to the towel so she could have her bully stick again. She rolled over on her back up against me. I rubbed her down and apologized. Then I gave her the stick back. I had to take it away later and I traded her for a meatball with no issues.

For dinner, she got her favorite: ground buffalo (and some of the Bravo beef premade).

I cannot believe she’s 7 years old now. She sure isn’t acting like it, though! 😀 I hope she had a wonderful Birthday. She is one special dog and I can’t imagine life without her. Happy Birthday, Risa. Love you whole bunches, Muttski!

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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