Did you know sometimes I forgets how to be brave?
Used to, I was skeered all the time. I liked my
crate condo and the back yard and the couch, and that was just about it.
Over the last few years, mom and dad and Brudder Ranger have all worked real hard to help me know that the world isn’t so skeery and I have worked real hard on not worrying so much.
Butt…sometimes I forget.
Take last Saturday, for an example. Mom told me that my Angel Donna, who rescued me from that bad place, was going to be in town and we were gonna go see her. Gosh, I was awfully excited! So we hopped in the car and away we went! But while we were on our way, I realized that Mom hadn’t brought Brudder Ranger, and Brudder Ranger always goes EVERYWHERE with us. So that started me worrying.
Then we pulled up into this parking lot that kinda looked familiar but I wasn’t sure from where. I thought maybe it looked like the place where our V.E.T. lives and that started making me feel even funnier. Maybe Mom was just trying to trick me into going to see the V.E.T.!
THEN…mom went inside without me and I sat in the car for like
10 minutes 87 million hours and the more I sat there, the more I thought maybe something bad was gonna happen.
AND THEN…Mom came out with these lady-humans, including my Angel Donna, and they all seemed super nice and they were smiling and they oohed and ahhed over me and wanted to pet me. And they smelled like other doggies and then all-of-a-sudden, I got to worrying that maybe, just maybe, Mom wanted to GIVE ME BACK! Well, it got even worse when Mom was like, “Let’s get out and walk around, Mayzie.” WALK AROUND? At that point, I thought for sure that was super secret code for, “I’m gonna leave you behind forever.”
As you can prolly tell, my brindle brain sometimes runs away with me.
Well, we walked around and they all stood around talking (I’m not sure what they said cuz in my head, all I could hear was, “AIIIIYEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!”). And they tried to pet me and talk sweet to me, but all I could do was stand there and shiver and shake and wish we could go home.
FINALLY, mom said, “Okay, Mayzie, why don’t we go get in the car?” Car? OUR car? YIPPPEEEE!!! Mom wasn’t leaving me behind after all!
Well, I tell you what, I was never so happy to see our house and Brudder Ranger and Dad and the kittehs in all my life!
After we’d been home for a little while and I calmed my brindle brain down, Mom said, “Mayzie! Wanna see what Angel Donna got you?”
That’s right! Angel Donna gave me a pressie! Which made me feel kinda bad that I wasn’t more furendly — kinda.
So Mom starts pulling all of this grrrreat stuff outta this bag. It was AH-mazing! I mean, just LOOK at it!
Wow! Treatsies and a blankie and MORE treatsies…
And a nice card and some balls and…oooo, what’s this?
A LOOFAH DOG! Angel Donna, how did you know I luvs Loofah Dogs?
They’re super great for playing tug!
Oh! And guess what else was in there?
Yep! My very own Second Chance shirt. (Mom says it’s for her but we all know the truth, don’t we?)
Purple really sets off my Most Beautiful Brindle Furs, don’t you think?
Thank you, thank you, Angel Donna, for all the Most Wonderful pressies! I hope I can see you again sometime soon and I’ll try to be way braver next time…
Note from Mom: Mayzie has come so far since we adopted her that I’m always surprised by episodes like this since they are so rare now. I hate that I put her in a situation where she felt uncomfortable, and looking back, I realize there are several things I should have done. I should’ve brought Ranger (her figurative security blanket). I should’ve put a sweater or coat on her because that always seems to make her feel more secure. I should’ve walked her around in the parking lot to let her get comfortable with her surroundings before bringing everyone out. And I should’ve brought treats for all the ladies to dispense. Lesson(s) learned. When living with a dog who is confidence-challenged, one should never take anything for granted. In all situations, do everything you know how to do to make your dog feel safe and secure, and to set them up for success!