Yesterday we went over to Cheekwood Botanical Garden to see how the Nashville Lifestyles cover dog search was going. We didn't enter Stella this year mostly because we knew there'd be a hundred and sixty Golden Doodles vying to get the job (see below). I don't know if that's a Poodle, a Golden Doodle, or a Snicker Doodle, but there's no debating it's a gorgeous dog. Anyway, our regular Saturday class was rescheduled yesterday but not for Stella. She got the intensified reality version. We practiced walking calmly past other dogs, greeting friendly strangers, talking to kids, and later on, ignoring skateboards, bicycles and hamburger buns. It was not simple work but we did pretty well overall.
Talk about your major league distractions. Right about the time I was taking this photo, an Irish Wolfhound was reaching in Stella's direction to check her out. His owner didn't let him get close enough to touch but it was enough to make her forget all about that "watch me" business.