𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 23, 2020

Shortly after arriving at our cabin we were greeted by the local welcoming committee.  This came in the form of two large dogs that showed up to look in our open door.  One was a Dalmatian and the other appeared to be a St. Bernard mix.  Both were female.  While I was apprehensive, Melissa went out to greet them like old friends.  They in turn treated her the same way.  Melissa grew up in the country and communal dogs were part of her upbringing.  I grew up in town where the neighbor’s dog (especially large dogs) were often hostile.

During our stay, the girls became a fixture at our cabin.  They both had electronic collars that I assumed were shock collars.  I have heard that once the dog learns the pain only lasts a short time, the electric fence no longer keeps them in the yard.  Since the girls came over several times a day they must have acclimated.  Last night however, we got a different take on the electronic collars.  Their owners live in the next house over and when they got home, we heard a, “beep, beep.”  Both dogs immediately took off for home. They were calling the dogs for supper.

We were all intrigued by the beepers that commanded the girls to come home.  I went online and found the brand they wore.  Their collar featured three modes, but they had obviously chosen the more humane “beep” mode.  This collar had a range of up to 330 yards, perfect for the girls as they tended to range.  Over the next several days we saw the collar in action on numerous occasions.  Melissa is currently “dog hungry” and she let the girls come into the house where they (mostly) laid on the floor.   The girls were a perfect touch to our cabin.

𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦:  While the girls were basically well behaved, especially as the St. Bernard seemed to be a puppy (a very big puppy!).  We did find that changed when it came time to eat.  The Dalmatian chewed up a hot pad that had bacon grease on it and tried to stick her nose in my plate several times.  These actions got them ushered outside.  That is something you can do with someone else’s dog.  When they arrived, I made judgements based on experience and was hesitant to accept them.  By the next day they had become a fixture in the house.  We often treat people in the same manner.   Our preconceived ideas label them as a group, without even getting to know them.  People deserve to be treated as individuals.  Change is coming and it starts with you.

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