Corgis are bossy little dogs. She struts around on her stumpy little legs, swishing her furry butt with its little nubbin of a tail, and she never lets Kieran get away with anything, but with me, she’s a great companion and follows my lead—most of the time. But I’ve just had two very bad days in a row at work—almost walked off the job, but only almost. From an assertive energy standpoint, I was more like the half-dead earthworms I’ve been rescuing than the leader of our pack. Jilly noticed and decided to implement a step-by-step strategy to take over the position of pack leader. This morning, she attacked Kieran to get him under control once and for all, but I jumped between them and she had to back off. She got me back, though–on our walk to the park, she slipped out of her collar and ran off down the street. I called and called, but instead of coming to me, she ran to a tiny lady out for a walk all bundled up in coat and gloves and jumped up on her, then ran into a neighbor’s yard, and he grabbed her. She was having so much fun—she had a big grin on her face and I swear she was laughing. I got her back on leash and decided to assert my own leadership with obedience commands. Every half-block or so on our way to the park, I would stop and order them to sit. Kieran would sit, and Jilly would stand there giving me a blank look—“Did you say something?” After several more stops, she eventually gave in, and we are back to normal until next time. I’ve got to say, though, that little dog could give me a few lessons in determination.
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