Tough New Years Day

In the spirit of making you feel better about your situation…. I thought I’d share our monster of a New Years Day.

Awaiting the “New Year”, we have a lapse in attention of our newest member of the Bully crew. Jackson is still learning house manners, and will absolutely flip out at unexpected sounds late at night. Of course, when he does that, it can set off a scuffle, if I’m not right on top of it. Of course, I wasn’t. So at approximately 11:55, we ring in the new year with a dog fight. Ugh.

Not the end of the world. We’re pretty experienced with these things. Within a few minutes, we have it all back under control. No injuries. No lasting grudges. The pack is peaceful shortly after. But….. Bummer way to ring in the year.

So…. Later that morning I have 3 of the 4 pups in the truck, running errands. Beautiful day. Lovely drive. The day was starting to look up. Until, a sheet of icy snow flipped off the vehicle in front of me and smashed into my windshield. This scared the holy shit out of all of us. I did manage to not drive off the road…. So there’s that. And even though there was no scuffle because of the scare…. It made everyone pretty freaked out. So, no damage… But seeming like one of those days.

Like I said, I had 3 of the 4. My wife had the 4th. She was salvaging the stressful day by hanging out at her moms. Of course, when she let our dog out to pee….. He see’s a deer just outside the yard. Of course, he goes smashing out of the yard and through the woods behind their property. Oh, did I mention this was just before dark….. And it’s the coldest night we’ve had all winter.

Now, we have these Garmin GPS collars:


They are awesome! They show you real time, where the dogs are on a gps unit. You can track them. You can go get them if you need to. The new models have a tone, that you can recall them with. You can track up to ten dogs. They are really amazing tools if you’re gonna be in the woods. The sense of confidence, and comfort they give you are really phenomenal…..

Yes, they’re expensive. But the piece of mind they give is worth it. That’s why we have one for each dog.

Of course, the downside to these things are….. YOU MUST PUT THEM ON THE DOG!

Son. Of. A. Bitch.

Yep. Since Mandy was just letting him out the back door to pee, and NOT going on a woodland excursion…. he was just wearing his house collar.

So, three hours  or so later as they scour the woods in arctic gear and finally go back to the house….. Milo (the little escapee) is sitting at the back door, just waiting to be let back in.

He was a little cut up from the chase, but nothing significant.

It’s about 9pm now, and I think we may be done with this “New Years Day From Hell”.

Now, lest you think I’m just whining, I’m not.

I like to think I have some of the tenacity of these dogs. It takes more than one shit day to stop me in my tracks!

I’m not telling you this to bitch. I’m telling you because this is a blog for people with “difficult” dogs.

“Difficult” dogs come with days like these. Maybe this will make you feel like your day wasn’t quite so bad.

Maybe, seeing someone else have a fiasco, and not completely shut down, makes it easier for you to keep your head up with nightmare New Year story.

2 thoughts on “Tough New Years Day”

  1. Hahaha! I know it wasn’t funny bc it happened to you but it was funny to read about – especially since no one got hurt, no permanent damage etc. From one difficult dog owner to another, I cheer you!

    Btw, I started my year by leaving my DD (difficult dog) in boarding while I reflect on 2012 and make plans for 2013. I am in gorgeous Mendocino at a B and B on about 40 acres. It is heaven.

    And, they have one DD. Very similar personality to my Sierra – a Chow/SharPei/Lab mix – big black dog with amber/orange eyes and a labs tail that curls up. His name is Moses…he has “quirks” with strangers…loves his family and is very protective of them and tolerates normal people like myself (will approach, will respond to commands for a treat etc) but other than that, he’d rather wander around. I like meeting dogs who aren’t “happy go lucky” cuz it helps me to see how other owners respond to particular challenges. These guys own a BnB so they need to be careful. Moses is always on a rope when he is out back unless no one is around. They only let dog savvy people interact with him – and by interact – I mean…I let him sniff me and made him do something for a cookie. I guess my point is that I got some really good perspective on how chill some owners are about their “unfriendly” dogs…maybe that will be the word for me for 2013…C H I L L…

    anyway, HNY!! Hope Jan 2 is a little better:)

    1. I thought it was funny…. After it was over.
      BTW, turn those people onto the site!
      You’re lucky you have a boarding situation that works. We are “dry docked” for life with this crew!
      Happy new year!

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