Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friends

I’ve been blessed all my life with good and kind friends.  Across the country and internationally I have old and new friendships that I cherish and (thanks to technology) I can keep in touch with.  One of those friends came on Thursday with her Golden, named Ranger and spent a few days with us.  Her visit was planned more than a month ago, but could not have come at a better time after the past week. We had a great time catching up, staying up too late, laughing, shopping and eating all the wrong things.
~One of the 'wrong things' I indulged in this weekend~
Of course, I told "Sid" all about Sunny and asked her to (please!!) be mindful of him and not grab his collar.  After dinner one evening as we were clearing the table Sunny put his front feet on a chair to see if there was something for him on the table.  In that one moment she did just what the trainer said someone not thinking would do, she tugged Sunny's collar and asked him to get down. And without a flinch, he did what he was asked. She and I both feel that there's hope for him.  
~Sunny this morning, he still doesn't like the camera~
Our friend left early this morning in fog and temperatures in the 40's. Standing outside saying good-bye, we were all feeling pretty chilled by the crisp autumn air.  Afterwards I did the only thing I could do, got another blanket and went back to bed.  I do love the fall.  
~New boy Shadow~


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42 comments:

  1. Maybe Sunny will learn to trust after all. Your friend must have magical powers and he sensed something about her. I thing your "wrong thing" to eat looks delish! I hope your week to come keeps going as well as the weekend.

    Cindy

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  2. Well done, Sunny! We'll keep our paws crossed that he learns that a tug on the collar is okay sometimes.

    Sounds like you had a great reviving visit!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  3. Afternoon Kim, so nice you and your friend had visiting, good for you, yum, that burger looks so good......Soooo happy Sunny behaved, he will be ok I think with your kindness and love......Cool Fall air, nice, Blessings Francine.

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  4. Nice to hear that Sunny did not snap. Maybe there is hope after all.
    I wish we could have some of that weather here in sunny, humid and rainy Florida. YUCK.
    Have a great week.
    Ana

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  5. YEAH! I have tears of joy in my eyes, Kim!!!! I am happy you had fun...you so deserve it...but I am elated that Sunny just might come around...slowly...:)JP

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  6. whew! my stomach clenched a bit as i was reading this. SO glad sunny trusted her to just get down.

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  7. I'm so glad Sunny didn't do the nasty... Love those Golden faces ;-)

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  8. Way to go, Sunny! Kim, he knows that he's in a safe place. It's just going to take him a while to internalize it. Glad you had such a good visit. Friends are the BEST medicine.

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  9. Sounds like there is hope for Sunny yet! That is good news! Glad you had a great time with your friend. Shadow is a cutie! Have a great week!

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  10. I have hope for Sunny too. He's a beautiful boy. :)

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with your friend! And that cheeseburger looks super-duper yummy!

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  11. Oh I am glad Sunny didn't get defensive with your friend ! Maybe Sunny is ok when someone speaks to him at the same time they go for his collar and not just go for his collar . See I knew with you and your clan Sunny would do well ! Oh what are friends for , they are for comfort and fun and good chats ! Glad you guys had a good visit .Thanks for sharing. Have a good week !

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  12. Maybe time and love will take care of the problem. Let's hope so, anyway. How do you leash him if you can't touch his collar? Has a vet checked to see if he has pain in the neck or shoulder area? It could be as simple as arthritis or a skin problem or something causing pain that he is guarding against. Just thinking out loud.
    Sue

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  13. Golden Happy too have cyber blogging friends. Oh That burger looks yummy. You caught a good shot of Sunny. Golden LOVE to the Golden Pines Gang. BTW: saw ur follow on Twitter :-) Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  14. So glad to hear Sunny mind his manners. We are keeping our paws crossed for him.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  15. I'm so glad that you had such a good friend with you during this gut-wrenching time. And, I'm happy to hear that Sunny responded well to a tug on his collar. That is a hard reflex for a human to change (to grab a collar when trying to quickly stop a dog from doing something).

    Here's to your friend, you, Sunny, and all the pups of Golden Pines!

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  16. There is always hope. Glad to see Sunny just may be headed down the road of trust. AND there is no greater blessing than friends.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  17. Sunny must be getting all the positive, loving messages across the miles, this is a real wonderful thing. He looks so loving, and I'm sure will get over his habit in the weeks ahead, off to a flying start. Fond greetings, Jean.

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  18. Oh!! I've been thinking about Sunny all week. This is hopeful news...

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  19. Hooray for good pals who visit!

    I have never known a dog who didn't like his collar removed and his neck massaged. Can you do that with Sunny? If you could, a daily massage might change him around completely. (Someone last week thought his problems might have come from and electric collar.)

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  20. I think this is positive news for Sunny! I am happy for both of you. So glad that you had a nice visit with your friend...those days are good for the soul! Shadow is a beautiful dog too! Glad you are feeling better Kim!
    Xo
    Jeanne

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  21. Yay for Sunny! I truly believe he will eventually learn that no one is going to hurt him and he is in a safe place. And I'm so glad you had this time with your good friend to just relax, have fun and eat yummy stuff! You certainly deserve it after the past several weeks!

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  22. It sounds like Sunny is fitting in with your pack - and looks like Shadow is too!! Sunshine and Shadow - I think they must go together - BOL!!

    xo
    Lynn

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  23. I feel certain that with your love and attention, Sunny shall bloom!
    Your new boy Shadow is most handsome indeed.
    Sending joy ...
    Judy

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  24. How wonderful that Sunny obeyed without a fuss. :)

    I love a cool day beneath a blanket too. It's just a cozy feeling.

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  25. That is wonderful to have a visit from a friend!!!! I wish I could come and visit with you!!

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  26. Glad you had a nice time with your friend. It sounds like Sunny likes her. ;)

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  27. That was good timing, your friend visiting, considering your week.....hope all is still well :)

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  28. I firmly believe dogs always know ...Sunny must be somehow finding it in his heart to trust n not be scared. ..I thought he might be intimidated by your Golden gang but it may just be d opposite. Sunny might learn from example to trust. Having you around must already be calming him. How I hope the trainer will be proved totally wrong!!

    Your wrong thing looks very much right to me !!

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  29. Shadow is effortlessly fitting in! He looks really happy :)

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  30. Yum! And way to go Sunny! Shadow is beautiful.

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  31. I was afraid you were going to say she got bit!
    Maybe Sunny has turned a corner. Hope so.

    *hugs* ♥

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  32. Great first step. Wonder what was different? Figure it out and it might be the answer.

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  33. Always Hope...Always Hope....
    Gus' Mom

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  34. That's great!! You know Kim, Sunny has been weighing on my mind and heart and I'm so glad to hear that he didn't react this time. It may take a long time to get him not to do this, but I do think it's possible.

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  35. Sunny just wanted you to know you did the right thing by him!
    I am gonna have one of my favorite burgers next week on a girls night out. You have to let your hair down once in a while!

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  36. I believe in my heart that Sunny can change,but it will just take a little more time with him.
    I`m so glad you had a visit,pouring out on here is good,but having someone face to face laughing is good for the soul.Hope your weekend is lovely,phyllis

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  37. I'm glad you had a great visit with your friend. Sunny sure is a pretty animal. I'm happy you're enjoying this lovely fall season.

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  38. Oh, I too hope that Sunny is on the way to a new and trusting life! Good job, Sunny! And Shadow - another beauty! Gorgeous animals, aren't they?

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  39. Hi Y'all,

    Sunny and Shadow...hmmm...interesting.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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