Sunday, April 05, 2009

Unhappy Puppy

While I was planting verbena this afternoon, our new puppy Aura had her first encounter with the electric fence of her little corral. I'd never been around when such a thing happened and I was almost as upset as she was.

She yowled, then ran, but wasn't sure where to run. Didn't know what was safe.

I couldn't stand it. I got her out of there and spent the rest of my gardening time trying to stop her from walking on the columbine and eating the daffodil fronds.

I don't know whether I'm too soft-hearted to train a dog or a child, or simply too squeamish: unwilling to suffer myself in seeing them hurt.

I do know that Aura, shocked, dramatically illustrated how all kinds of creatures tend to behave after a broadside. Not sure what to trust, desperate to avoid further hurt. It's hard at such moments -- takes boldness -- to figure out what caused the pain and not blame it on any and every thing in sight.




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3 comments:

aiki said...

maybe alone in that small pen, she didn't feel enough critter support to brave the border's pain--try a way bigger pen w/ doggie company & maybe it'll go better. like to see more pix of both yr dogs. Aiki

Debra W said...

Oh Peggy, that breaks my heart, too! Our Micah likes to nip...A lot, which is pretty typical of a three month old puppy. Mark read in the book by the monks who train puppies, that when they try to bite, you should put your thumb over their tongue and press down. I just don't have the heart to try it. I am still trying to use verbal commands to make him stop, but it only works some of the time

I hope things are going well.

Hugs,
Debbie

Peggy Payne said...

Things are good on the puppy front, Debbie. I hope Micah's in fine fettle.

Aiki, I'll round up some more dog pics.