She was NOT a good Diva

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This morning on their bike run, Mike and Sofia came across at least a dozen bunnies.( It's Spring here on the Baja). She was beyond interested and started toward them... but The Lucky 11 got away from good recall and a loud "NO!" from the guy who was wobbling on the bike..

The last one ( unlucky number 12)took off at warp speed with a Doberdiva nipping at his cotton tail.. she had pulled the leash right out of Mike's hands and no amount of "NO!" were going to halt the chase..

She finally came to a stop only inches from a huge cactus and allowed Mike to catch up with her.

He scolder her and marched her directly home all the while letting her know how disappointed he was and how sore he was from careening off the bike

Okay guys.. here is where it gets kinda ( lotta) sad.. She slunk in and came over to me.. Leaned as hard as she could and looked up.. GREAT HUGE tears were brimming in her eyes.. I almost lost it.. The girl DOES cry..

I offered a thread a while back asking if dogs can, actually cry.. mine does.. broke my heart.. I mean I hardly ( if ever) weep... but I leaked all over my girl as she sat there forlorn and so sad. She wasn't sorry for chasing the rabbit.. that's what ( she thinks) she's supposed to do.. but she was aghast at disappointing the person she loves most in the world..

sigh.. makes me cry all over again..

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Oh, that poor baby.  I hate to see a dog scared and upset...and I think if I witnessed a doberman crying it would totally break my heart.  Maybe she will remember that feeling and stop running the next time just to avoid the tears again.  I know how Mike must have felt---been there, myself.

I think one of the scariest things I have ever encountered was last summer when we were on vacation in Tennesee and Ziva chewed through her harness while in the back of the truck and I didnt realize it.  I stopped at a rest park along the Interstate, drove back to the back part of the lot and opened the door and hooked her leash up to her harness---no sooner did she jump out and hit the pavement did she break free of the chewed up harness and took off like a rocket.  I screamed and yelled at her to come back, and she just kept running...scared because the loose harness was still partially attached to her and it was dragging across the pavement behind her, metal buckle clacking away, and she must have thought it was chasing her, because she would wide-eyed look behind her while running, and speed up even more. All I could think of was that she would keep running and end up out on the Interstate where the 18-wheelers were cruising at 80 mph.  I ran and chased, and called her, whistled, everything I could think of to do, and she just kept going.  Finally, I screamed at her "ZIVA---W A I T"....which was a command she learned in her puppy classes, and to my surprize and relief, she stopped on a dime and just stood there until I caught up with her.  She was scared, but not nearly as scared as I was.


Poor Sofia.....I'm feeling very sad for her just because SHE was sad.  Cheer up, Sweetie.

 

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Paul. It was the "WAIT" that got her to stop.. and yes.. I can see it now.. makes my heart start thumping just thinking about Ziva..

it is the scariest thing as they are totally fearless.And when that prey dirve kicks in, it's so instinctual.. training can sometimes go right out the window.. that's why we can never be 100% comfortable with her off leash  here in Baja

Sofia still was attached to her lead with a big handle on it.. and it too was clomping along behind her ready to get snagged on anything. fortunately she has a harness that we use for bike runs to avoid injury to her neck.. but jusst yesterday we saw the first rattle snake of the season..

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OH CRAP!  Snakes creep me out to no end---even the little grass snakes.  I can handle bugs, spiders, lizards, almost anything, but just the thought of snakes...especailly poisionous ones...really make me shudder.  We have Timber Rattlesnakes here, but in the heavily wooded areas only, while the copperheads are anywhere and everywhere. Not unusual to even find them in town, where I live.  I used to love to go mushroom hunting (it's the Indiana thing to do) until I started seeing more snakes than mushrooms, and now, I stay out of the woods except in very early spring and late fall and winter--when the snakes are asleep.

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Oh dear, poor darling Sofia was just beside herself wasn't she?  You're right, she was only doing what she thought she should do.  In a way, I think you are lucky she can show her contrite side.  I don't think Steve has one, AT ALL.  

On the rattle snake -- we have a vaccine up here in the states I saw they just started using and its supposed to help in the event of a rattle snake bite.  I debate on getting it for Steve, but maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea.  Horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE to witness a dog suffering from venom and the anti-venom is $$$ and not ever faculitity has it on hand.

I let Steve off the lead the other day when we were in a section of the park no one goes in.  He was a wild Indian, gleefully running, decided instead of working on our 'comes' we were going to work on the whole 'you-can't-catch-me' nonesense he's enjoying lately.

So -- he ran one way, I ran the other and he sped to catch up for fear of abandonment.  The minute he pulled in front of me again, I turned and ran the other way.  Basically, I ran sprints with my dog for 20 minutes until he wouldn't budge from my side.  At that point I tossed hot dogs out in the field and told him to "find it" and then proceeded to hide myself.  He looked up from his search, gave up, and searched for me instead!!

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Jes, that's a great game to play with the dogs....I sometimes take Ziva out to run in open fields and when she gets ahead of me (I can still see her, so I know she's not in any danger) I'll jump off the trail and hide next to a tree or something and see how long it takes for her to notice....usually, I cant even count to 10 until she is racing back to the last place she saw me and air scenting and finds me every time.  I love these dogs---so smart and they really do have a sense of humor.

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sorry...double post...."happy fingers" 

Great story Kate, I can just picture Mike wobbling out of control on the bike after Sophia that is hell bound determined to get those rabbits LOL.  I love to hear of the Divas outings.

I think you and Mike need to look into a Springer for the bike  http://www.google.com/search?q=springer+for+dog+biking&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8...

It is an awesome and very inexpensive way to bike the dogs, I couldn't do it without it! Mine hooks to the bike and I have the harness attached to the springer but also have a second leash that I hold in my hand just in case we need to get off of the springer quickly. I've had other dogs come rushing at my dogs before so just in case I will quickly release them and still have the leash in my hand. The springer prevents the dog from moving in front of the bike or getting away.

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Des..Thank you again!!!

I saw this a while back when you posted the link and talked about the Springer, and we looked into it... . It looks great

however.....

Sofia criss crosses in front of the bike and it just doesn't look like it would work for her 'exercise regimine.'

She was perfect this afternoon.. didnt' pull .. didn't chase any rabbits, squirrels or leaves... and Mike's bruises are healing nicely.

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Awwwwww, OH MY DOG, God love her fawn little heart!!!! I think I would die if I saw any of mine crying!! *Sophie rubs The Diva's head, it's okay my Majesty, I will calm you*

Kate the nice thing about the springer is it doesn't allow the dog to criss cross which is the safest way obviously for biker and dog! When I bike my dogs I WANT them to stay by the side of the bike. I will ride up against the edge of the pavement just so they are not running on hot pavement or damaging their joints from the pounding on cement. My springer I can change from side to side so it is easy to remove and change depending on where we bike. I've seen a few bad bike accidents with dogs just on leash I will never bike mine without the springer.

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So how does it prevent the dog from crossing over, or even running into the bike.? I can't see from the link you provided..

thank you for you ( always) valuable info.

xoxox

KT

Here is another link you can see how it attaches to the bike. I use a short cord like the top picture and it is attached to their harness. I have a second line (that is attached to their normal collar) I hold in case of emergencies if I need to release them quickly. They have a couple different types of bike attachments this particular one is the kind I have. I've never had a dog that runs into the bike this holds them out at a safe distance and with the correct line they wouldn't have the rope to run into the bike. It prevents them from running in front of the bike with the same length of rope. You can see if you click on the link and look at the photo it is impossible to get around and like I've said I've never experienced a dog dumb enough to want to get hit by running into the bike lol. They usually pull the other way.

http://www.mojopet.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=721

Here is the other type of bike attachment it is a single bar that is attached the same way to the bike but it just sticks out straight.

http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/dog-bicycle-accessories.html?gclid=COzMyPv...