Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Dog Parks and Hat Stealing

So Sebastian, my miniature schnauzer is a bit special. He is a bit of a scaredy cat and shows this by barking. This has not endeared him to every one we meet, but since he is so cute and fluffy a lot of people are kind to him anyway. We decided to finally take him to a dog park so he would have to interact with other people and dogs. We had been planning to do this since before the March 11 disaster, but then that happened and it got put off. So we took him along a few months ago. He barked a lot the first time - about 10 minutes or so, then got over it and played well with the other dogs. Now when we take him, he is a bit scared at first, but now goes up and "introduces himself" to other dogs and then plays well, only barking when the other dogs won't play with him back. So here is picture of Basti socialising. One thing we noticed is that the other dogs all tend to be dressed up when they are at the park. Basti has one outfit we were given but he doesn't like wearing it so he goes "au naturale".

4 comments:

  1. Our puppy is also afraid of other dogs and has to hide every time the neighborhood obachan comes by with her dauchand. And as for the clothes in our area it is something promoted by the vet. My husband is extremely practical and laughs at most fashion, but when the vet told him our shi-tzu/yorkie mix would become weak in the cold, he bought doggy sweaters and shirts! I'm like that's what dog fur is for. Kudos to Sebastian for being true to who he is- a dog!!

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  2. Our puppy is also afraid of other dogs and has to hide every time the neighborhood obachan comes by with her dauchand. And as for the clothes in our area it is something promoted by the vet. My husband is extremely practical and laughs at most fashion, but when the vet told him our shi-tzu/yorkie mix would become weak in the cold, he bought doggy sweaters and shirts! I'm like that's what dog fur is for. Kudos to Sebastian for being true to who he is- a dog!!

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  3. Hi Jane. Interesting that your vet promotes clothing. Sometimes I think it looks really silly, on big dogs especially. Smaller ones can usually pull it off though. Apparently there are way more pets than children in Japan these days, and by the way some people treat their dog (like real babies) I can see why! Oh well, each to their own!

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  4. Oh she is soo cute! She looks exactly like you! I am on a waiting list for a Yorkie pup. I don't think I would put clothes on it though. They are born with their own. They are also expensive. If I want to spend that much money on dog clothes I will use it to buy baby clothes or clothing for me and my husband.

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