It was an overcast, mild Sunday morning in Port Coquitlam, BC. Around 9 AM, Lucy and I headed for Gates Park and a morning walk. We walk every morning and evening, but each walk is different. Today we walked through and around Gates Park, watching the young soccer players and noting that the baseball players were just starting to arrive. We then headed along the PoCo Trail towards Lions Park. We saw three of the elderly folks who walk every day along the trail. We all said. “Good morning!” and went on our ways.
Before we got to Lions Park, we turned and headed to downtown PoCo. We crossed Shaughnessy Street and sauntered overt to the local Starbucks. I tied Lucy up outside the floor-to-ceiling windows where I could keep perfect watch over her. Several people passed by and spoke to her or patted her, but she didn’t really care. Her only intent was to watch through the window to see if she could see me or to keep watch towards the door to see if I was coming back. Unless I got right up to the window, she couldn’t really see me, but any movement behind the window made her prick up her ears (well, ear, because one is too droopy to prick up!). If she thought maybe she saw me through the window, her tail would slowly wag.
Inside, a group of people came in and took some photos of Lucy through the window… probably because her “one ear up, one ear down” look is so darn cute. My barista remembered us even though we hadn’t been in for awhile. She always remembers Lucy’s name, but never mine! LOL It’s the same for me. I remember the names of the dogs I meet, but rarely the owners’ names. To remember an owner’s name, I have to come home and write it down. Weird, eh!?
Yesterday, we went to our first real Flyball lesson with Action Pack Flyball Team. It was quite wonderful. I really like the people. We had some good conversations about raw dog food, e-collars, and so on. The dogs are generally well-behaved. Things are nicely organized and the schedule has been rearranged to better accommodate lessons for the new members. (So, we Newbies actually get to sleep in another fifteen minutes!) Lucy did amazingly well again. She had a blast and was very well-behaved, of course. At the end, during free-play, she raced around the field like a maniac; it was quite funny! I’m really looking forward to next week’s lesson! Lucy hasn’t been introduced to the “ball” part of Flyball yet. She’s not that interested in balls, so I might have to carve her a ball out of a chicken breast! LOL Most of the other dogs are Border Collies or other ball-obsessed dogs so this should be interesting. I must admit, like any “mum,” I’m a little bit anxious. After all, retrieving the ball is pretty much an integral part of the game!