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Rubicon Days | On the Phone for an Hour with a Dog Lover

I’m a chatter.  I can talk forever and if the subject is dogs, then forever isn’t long enough.

I’m participating in the Pet Bloggers Gift Exchange which gives us bloggers a chance to get to know another blogger and this is my first year participating.  I loved it.  The blogger behind Rubicon Days is a dog mom just like me and I had a blast talking to her about all things dog, from why she adopted Rubi, border collie mixes, dog parks, our frustration with the statement “he’s friendly!!!,” and comparing notes on dog reactivity.

I recorded part of our conversation for the podcast and I learned that I need to ask more questions and talk less about our dogs.  I hope I get another shot!

Rubicon Days, Pet Blogger Gift Exchange

One thing that I don’t often share is that Rodrigo has reactivity issues.  His trigger are the cyclists we come across on trails.  We’ve done so many things, including working with a trainer, to curb his reaction to cyclists since he was a year old and it’s still such a problem.

It’s kind of embarrassing, because Rodrigo is such a sweet dog, but each year that goes by as a dog mom and a pet blogger brings me more information about the whys and what fors of raising dogs.

I don’t think Rodrigo is afraid of the cyclists, I think he’s excited by them and his minimal herding drive is kicked into overdrive when he sees one speeding by.

He’s gotten away from me once to chase a cyclists and when the cyclists stopped, Rodrigo got lots of love and attention.  That’s because the cyclists raised border collies and understood the breed.  I was lucky that day.

A better leash and harness, and more focused training is improving the reactivity, but it’s still an issue and may be something that we have to work with him on an ongoing basis.  I don’t mind, because I love him, because learning new things to challenge him (and myself) is fun, and I know that we’re not alone.

Rubicon Days was started partially to share a dog mom’s experience with her dog, who also has reactivity issues.  This is a “you’re not alone” blog and I’ve been having a blast catching up with it each week.  Rubi is gorgeous and it didn’t take long for me to look forward to following along with her journey as a rescue dog, even if a post is simply showing how much she loves to chillax in a sunbeam.

So please pop on over to Rubicon Days to give the blogger a “hey.”

What topic about dogs can you go on and on about?

22 Comments

  1. A “you are not alone” blog? I am in! I just went over and followed Rubicon Days. I can be reactive on walks sometimes as well. We have been working on some training and now using the clicker which seems to be helping but oh…I can still be a stinker every now and again.
    Oz

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    • So glad to hear. We should never feel like we’re alone, but sometimes we just can’t help it. I love her blog and she’s a really nice lady.

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  2. Like you, when it comes to talking dogs, I can talk to a brick wall 😉 Going to check out Rubi – sounds like a good blog.

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  3. Thanks so much, Kimberly – I loved talking dogs with you!

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    • Ditto :) We’ll have to do it again.

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      • I listened to a few of your podcasts last night – I love the jingle at the beginning!

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        • Thanks so much. I just got a new tune recently, not sure how I feel about it. I liked the original one better and might go back to it.

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  4. Kim I am just like you! Let me talk about dogs and I will talk your ear off, especially when people ask me the story behind my Wynston! So far I am loving the BlogPaws community because I can talk to other people like me LOL! And I am so happy I found your blog – someone I can actually relate to!

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    • LOL, Amanda

      I’m glad you found me too!!! I would love to read the story about Wynston – do you have a link?

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  5. I think I’ve pretty much established to family and friends that I can talk about my dogs forever and the things they do…how they look, how funny they are, how much I love them, how sneaky they can be, how much I love them, did I say that one already….how much I love them…at Thanksgiving dinner my sister in law asked me how the kids were and I thought “I better answer about the real kids since our son just got a new job, our daughter and her husband just had a new baby….”…but no she wanted to know about The dogs hahah! That as great that you were actually able to see how your dog reacted when he actually caught the cyclist….sometimes when our dogs react to things it is hard for us to really see it for what it is and then be able to help them through it…..sometimes I get worried that people will think I have a “bad dog” and then I can’t focus on helping my dog because of that.

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    • My family and friends ask about “the kids” with me too.

      And that’s my worry too. I had a woman tell me that I needed to get my dogs into training. They were on leash and saw a group of off leash dogs and got excited. But that’s not always what people see. Whenever I encounter people with positive experiences with dogs, they understand and a couple of times people have offered tips. But mostly I get snide comments, looks, and loads of judgment. I’ve had to learn to let it roll off my back, because getting upset just makes the situation worse since Rigo is reading my energy.

      We’ll get there though.

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      • I so hear you! For whatever reason, if your human children are misbehaving in public other mothers typically don’t come up to you and tell you how to parent your children….but with the dogs…total strangers feel compelled to tell you what you need to do and how to handle your dog. I have Brittanys…walking on a loose leash happens once in a blue moon…while walking Biddy into the vets office…she is scrambling around like a nut, over excited and some lady tells me I should have a harness on her and she wouldn’t pull in the leash…really? Now, since they are total strangers I just act like I don’t even hear them or respond back. People are funny….

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        • I KNOW!!! What is that? I know people mean well, but damn! What really cracks me up is that people get offended if you’re not interested in their POV. Excuse me if I ignore you, who is not a dog trainer/behaviorist, because you have no idea what your talking about in your 10 second diagnosis of what my dog needs.

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  6. Cool, Sassy and I will check it out. Denali, our Berner is reactive sometimes. We can talk dogs till the end of time. Topic??, just dog, anything about them is conversation and it goes on and on and on……….

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    • Yayyyy, I’m not alone! :)

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  7. I can talk dog all day long! I have very few “in real life” dog friends, which is why I love the pet blogging community so much… lots and lots of people who love to talk dog as much as I do! :)

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    • Exactly; people who are like us tend to get that glazed look when I get started.

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  8. I’ve read a few interviews for the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange. But yours is the first podcast. I’ve bookmarked it for future listening and can’t wait to hear your conversation with our new friend at Rubicon Days.

    Thanks so much for sharing the love in the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange. I did add your post to the linky tool so other folks can find it. You’ll find it here: http://www.somethingwagging.com/how-do-you-choose-the-best-gift-pet-bloggers-gift-exchange-2013/

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    • We’re rescheduling the podcast soon. Thanks so much for doing this; we have a lot in common and I don’t know if I would have met Lara were it not for this opportunity :)

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  9. What a wonderful post – sounds like you and Lara were a perfect match! I especially love hearing that you two hit it off so well on the phone. Absolutely fantastic.

    Thanks so much for joining us this year and for such a lovely post!

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    • It’s always fun to get to know fellow bloggers in a “real” way so thank you for this opportunity :)

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