Not that you’d know it by this photo.
God bless terriers. Purebred terriers – which Tessa is not – and any and all combinations of that type. Feisty, irrepressible, huge stage presence without knowing how to channel it into a focused energy source.
Well, maybe not all terrier-type dogs, but after living with her for two years, that’s my Tessa.
When she came to live with us, I enrolled her in a friend’s obedience class and started to add some essential oils into her daily routine; bought her an anxiety wrap which she wore during the second week of dog class and intermittently around the house.
Got her an Easy Walk harness so that heeling with her began to resemble a graceful partnership instead of a wildly contorted, out-of-control tango.
And, we worked on small tasks both inside the house and out in the yard; and kept up with dog school and began to explore the village. When I wanted to walk her with the least amount of distractions, we headed for the local cemetery.
She’s quick and really fast when she’s running loose in the backyard. When she’s running full out, all four paws leave the ground. She can jump, from a standing position straight up and top my shoulder.
All of which you might already know if you’ve read my blog for any appreciable length of time.
Since there is always room for improvement, what could possibly be next?
“Getting better” is next.
Getting better at focusing on me and less barking from the windows when the neighborhood dogs are parading by. In fact, let’s make that NO barking from the windows when the neighborhood dogs walk past my house.
Finding an outlet for her busy brain and all of that humming energy. Agility?
Fine-tuning the essential oils, exploring the benefits of Tellington Touch and creative problem solving for her in-house barking.
Working with her so that all of this is positive and up-beat because she is a joyful dog. There are times when she’s uncertain, but there’s not too much she won’t try.
Here’s the thing about that: almost every single dog that you will ever come across in your lifetime will more than meet you half-way. Every time. No matter what kind of person you are.
It’s their best gift to us. Don’t we owe it to them to pick up that gift and give back to them the best of ourselves?