Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ocean Trips

I keep thinking I'll get a post up about our ocean trips every single time we go... and I never do!
The Rottrover kept telling me how much the ocean changed Otto Rotto and I can honestly say it's changed Macy Blue as well. 

Macy with "her boys," Otto and Wizard, on her first trip to the ocean.

I must admit, I was a bit afraid of taking her. She hates the pool in spite of several of her friends coming over to enjoy it this brutal summer. Could she / would she swim? And more importantly, how would a dog who had been ignored and abused react to the expectations of her staying with the pack? And coming when called?

The little girl dove right in like she had been an ocean dog all her life. I've since realized, she prefers to barge headlong into things she knows nothing about. Oceans, ponds, cactus or the hallway, she needs to be in front, figuring it out as she goes. Even if that means she struts along looking behind her for some indication on my face as to where she should be going! OY!

But with Otto and Wizard to show her the ropes, she was, for the most part, fine. Otto is teaching her to play. And Wizard reminds them both to be kind to smaller dogs in his own gentle way. He herds the herding dogs! I've also learned that Macy is a very social dog... she wants to meet every dog on the beach - whether they want to meet her or not!  So, she spent a lot of that first trip on her leash, longing:

Oh was she ever tired that first day!  I've got a whole series of beach hangover pictures!  But by our third trip, her three day hangover was down to one!  That tells me our daily walks, and good food are getting her in great shape! What a fine hiking buddy I'm going to have!

She was  a bit more relaxed and listened much better by her second trip, above and below.
And the ocean makes her so very happy:

These next few are from our most recent trip. I just love Wizard's hair flying:

 This trip, she listened and generally came when called! I was so proud of her! Macy chasing Otto:

My happy girl running toward - not away - from her pack:
After this last trip, I feel like I brought the wrong dog home. She looks like Macy and comes to that name but she's affectionate!  From the day after that trip on to this, The little blue girl comes up to me and demands pets and gives me generous kisses. I'm still only allowed 30 seconds of cuddling on the floor with her at night... but morning cuddles and bedtime cuddles have gotten longer.

It occurred to me that as of the date of this trip, Macy Blue had lived with me as long as she was in doggie jail. I think that maybe, she's starting to realize this new life is here to stay.


GOOSE said...

Wooo Hooo! She is coming along. What a beautiful girl who is starting understand she is where she belongs and she loves it.

rottrover said...
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rottrover said...

What a fantastic post!! And great photos of us!! I took my dad today and I got to roll on a dead thing it was awesome. We stopped at PetBit h on the way home and I bought a new shampoo called "Filthy Animal!" It's concentrated Big Hairy Beast. It took two shampoos butt I can sleep on the bed tonight!! Let's go again soon!!


K9friend said...

I love the pictures, but even better is hearing that Macy is recovering from her traumatic background, learning to live and love. Hooray!

Critter Alley

Millie and Walter said...

It's so good to see Macy so happy and hear you're so happy with her too. Sounds like you are breaking through her shell.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, this is so wonderful to read!!! macy will be just fine - she takes her time and now she has found a way to let loose. Hope you and she have many fun trips to the ocean and more.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Ruby said...

WooooHooooo!!! Way to go gurl!!! You sure look like you belong there on the beach! And your furiends are just pawsome!! I am so glads you are lettin' your Moms love on you some...I'm not a big fan either, ya know, people cooties and all, butts they seem to like it, so let's put up with it for their sake...and some treaties...☺
Ruby ♥

KB Bear said...

She is such a lucky girl to have found you!!!!! She looks so happy on the beach, and I bet that she is figuring it out. She's found her forever home and forever human!

Dory and the Mama said...

It still amazes me how much free-er Arty seems when we go to the beach!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could be there with you (but with a distance to the water)... the beach is great and that you like to swim in the ocean is just fabulous. like magic :o) probably because of your own baywatch team Otto &Wizard?

rottrover said...

BOL!! We're your Baywatch team!!


Snowbrush said...

Oh, my god, but do dogs ever love a trip to the beach. These shots sure do bring happy memories.