Orion at 3 Months
Today, I was supposed
to have a cook out for the family. Because of
the predicted rain, we had to cancel it. Then, typical area weather,
rain! So, not wanting to waste the day, I took Orion on a field
There's an island on the Potomac River, between Virginia and
Washington DC, that's been turned into a park called, what else?
Potomac Park. The
southern point is called Hain's Point, it has a really neat sculpture
Awakening. This sculpture is awesome! It's a man's head, parts of
his arms, and
legs, sticking up out of the ground. It's huge! And it just makes
as if this giant man is waking up, big yawn (looks like he's screaming
and coming out of the ground! And that's where I decided to take
Not because of the sculpture, he couldn't care less. But, because,
on the DC
side, across the river, is a marina full of boats and yachts. On
side, across the river, is Reagan National Airport. I wanted Orion
to see the
river, the boats and the airplanes. He wasn't impressed by any of
I packed the car, had his crate, small water bucket, pad so he
wouldn't slip in his crate, toys, treats, extra water, cleaning supplies
paper towels, trash bags and cleaning spray, pooper scooper bags,
what am I forgetting? Oh yeah, Orion! And you guys won't believe
to accompany us today! THE HUSBAND! The man who said he's not interested
doggy trips, or any doggy related activities! He CAME! He played
it cool, said he
didn't have anything better to do <GRIN> So, we get there,
unload Orion, have
the keys, the pooper scooper bag, the treats and set off. Forgot
Mentioned it to hubby, hoping he'd volunteer to go get it. No chance.
sorry folks, no pictures.
As soon as we arrived, this little kid comes running towards Orion,
then he changed his mind, and turned away from him, asking if Orion
really, does he?). Well, Orion thought it was a game, and he wanted
the kid. So, I had to call him over, explain never to run away from
yadda, yadda, yadda. The kid ended up giving Orion a treat, and then
mobbed us. So, I was teaching them all how to say hi to a puppy,
not to reach
over his head, because it makes him nervous, how to hand him a treat,
get bit, etc. Orion did great, bunch of little kids petting him,
for him. Several adults and other kids stopped and petted him too.
that moment on, anybody he saw, he wanted to go say hi to. Some weren't
interested (OK, I can't be responsible for the fools out there).
We walked around the
sculpture, went to the Virginia side, Orion saw a speed boat go by,
care, a plane took off, didn't care. Then, about 6 motorcycles came
Orion was trying to decide which stick he wanted to pick up, out
of a bunch.
He looked up, looked at what was causing all the noise, and went
back to making
his selection. No biggy.
There were two ladies there, walking with a dog, a pointer/hunter
breed, female. Orion wanted to say hi, so I asked if their dog was
they said yes. Well, Orion is almost as tall as the female, but much
boned. He starts hopping around, trying to reach over her with a
big paw, and them
poor little lady just decided it was too much for her, and she started
backing away. I told Orion to play nice, and easy, and make friends,
his play growl-bark that he does with my dogs. The little female
decided no way,
I'm not playing with that big guy. She just didn't want anything
to do with
Orion. So, I had to hold him by the chest, and try to get his attention
from the other dog with a treat. I told the ladies that's the way
he plays with
my two other dogs, and that I was sorry he scared their dog. They
just surprised their dog didn't want to play. This is the second
scared another dog. I guess he's just too enthusiastic for his own
good. I need to
find him bigger dogs to play with.
We walked around some more, he was very comfortable with the crowd,
the open space, and everything else he saw. And I was very happy.
So, we headed
home, took a wrong turn, and ended up in Arlington. I hate driving
in DC! We
did make it home OK. Oh, by the way, on our way into town, we drove
Pentagon. There are state troopers all over the place, trucks are
not allowed to
drive by. The army has a post by the roadside, with some very serious
fire arms. It's hard to remember we're in code orange, when we live
suburbs. But, they're not taking any chances around the DC area!