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{Photo of the Day} 21.01.2015

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Slowly working with him & getting used to the chickens. He still rushes into the barn & gets everyone in a flurry of feathers, but he hasn’t bulldozed into their makeshift barn pen yet. He stops when I tell him (we use the phrase “leave it” when the dogs aren’t supposed to get into/eat stuff) & that’s a small step forward with him. He’s very independent & will do what he wants when he wants when the mood strikes him. Unfortunately, he has reverted back to the hyper vigilant mode he was in the first month I was out of hospital. I assume it’s because of my recovery setbacks & this raging cold I’ve picked up that’s kicking my butt. Both he & Arya took my accident very badly, but he was by far worse than she in his protectiveness of me against everything/one. I’m a little worried that if Odysseus gets chippy with me while Toki’s in the barn things will go pear shaped quickly. So, we are working in baby steps.

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Speaking of Arya, she’s figured out how to launch herself up onto the dining room table so she can watch me feed the chickens without her. I haven’t started working with her like I have with Toki because her terrier kicks in when she sees them & she loses her mind. She will be harder to work with than Toki just because she’s always been very resistant to taking my commands in comparison. She looks so pissed off in this picture, it cracks me up.

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