Post by SocialWheeler on Jun 11, 2013 9:36:48 GMT -4
Well the Jam is over and Moose ended up going. All in all it was an excellent experience. Aside from slamming himself into the side of the canteen (thankfully at a very shallow angle) while chasing a rabbit at 0500 on Thursday AM he did pretty well. He, for the most part, ignored the rabbits after that. He spent day one on Tia's in the Jeep, aside from three or four trips outside to pee and lunch, and on day two with Alan J. he was out whenever we stopped. He was for the most part tied to the Jeep when away from the cabin and even had an extended interaction with small children for the first time while we were up at CVO. Leigh Smith's kids found him to be an excellent climbing gym and very receptive to hugs. It was quite a sight to see these two tiny little kids with this 120lbs dog. Maybe Moose has a second career as a babysitter.
He seemed to have a bit of a circut going in the cabins, over to Sharon's, swing by Ted's, stop into Jimmy's and back to the trailer. He seems to have a pretty good grasp of who the "dog people" are.
We also discovered that he does not like applause, as I had to remove him to the Jeep during the final ceremony as he was NOT a happy soul. That's ok though.
I spoke to Sharon and was advised that there were no complaints about Moose to the powers-that-be, and for that I am glad.
Moose and I also got to meet an older gentleman at the campground who shared with me that he has always been deathly afraid of dogs since as a child, he was chased off his bike and into the woods by a large black dog. Moose, for some reason, decided that he did NOT like the red minivan that the campground owners drove, and would bark and growl at it whenever it drove by, sometimes coming off the deck to do so. This poor gentleman had the misfortune of walking by the cabin at the same time the minivan passed behind him. Moose bounds off the porch, barking and growling at the van. The man was not a merry man.
I immediately took Moose by on the short leash to meet the couple, and to show them that Moose was not a vicious, out of control monster, and he told me the bike story. Anyway, to make a long story short (I know, I know), before we left, he had come out of the trailer and taken the time to pet Moose and rub his ears... To the great satisfaction of Moose and the great surprise of his wife. Apparently, rubbbing the ears of a giant black dog was not on the plan for them that weekend, but it was nice to see. Moose was as well behaved and docile as I have ever seen him. Sit, stay, down, up, belly rubs etc on command.
Thank you to one and all who are not dog people who did not raise a stink for me taking the dog, to Melanie who encouraged me to take him along, and to all the other dog people who took their dogs to Jam. Moose will be at Jam with me as long as he is physically up to it. Also thanks to Ted for an interesting conversation on dog parks and non-Jeeping "dog people". Man, I thought I might be alone in thinking that way. LOL
Dog parks are not really the place for people who appropriately, physically, discipline/control their animals. Those that try discipline/control with only sweetness and light by saying "no" and inflating the animal via sunshine up his backside frown enthusiastically upon non-sunshine inflators.
Moose got barked at, nipped and otherwise put in his place sometimes, and every time he totally deserved it, and that's the way it should be.
Kudos to the NSJC Jam committee for being inclusive to the dogs. I promise that I will never bring Obi, Moose's buddy, 13lb ambulant chew toy, and barking nut. He barks more in a minute than Moose does in a month. Unless Scott decides he wants to share the Boogie van with his little buddy, Moose will be the only dog at Jam from my house.