Relax Class is working!!!

As Inara and I were taking our evening constitutional tonight, we had the pleasure of encountering an off-leash dog. Looked like a little Norwich Terrier thing. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it until it was about 10′ away since it was dark out. I saw it making a beeline for us, hollered an un-lady-like word while grabbing Inara’s flat collar (she was on her prong and I didn’t want her to associate getting pinched with the dog) but then very calmly told Inara to sit. She kind of crouched halfway into a sit while I held onto her collar. The dog came charging up and shoved his nose into Inara’s butt. She froze while I maintained my deathgrip on her collar. I used my mad ninja skillz and kicked at the dog (intentionally missing – I just wanted to scare it, not hurt it) and growled at it to go home. It skittered away about 10′ and started barking at us. I calmly told Inara to sit again and she actually did so, though every muscle in her body was tensed and quivering. As soon as her butt hit the ground I cheerfully said “let’s go!” and gently tugged her away from the dog. She had a great deal of trouble with this and kept looking back, but she didn’t bark or whine or anything. As soon as she managed to take a few steps without looking back, she did a great big shake-off and we had a party. I cheered and jumped around and told her what a fantastically smart dog she was. It was awesome. :)

My dog didn’t react to another dog (a small one, at that!) charging up and shoving his nose into her butt! Holy crap! I mean seriously, HOLY CRAP!!!

The genius dog herself!