freaky weather and calm, assertive energy

It’s been doing weird stuff here lately. Fierce, sudden winds, surprise snow, hail, and freezing rain storms, and all this after last week hit the 60°F mark.

flash snow storm!

The guy below looks pretty tame, right?
Charlie posed

He even fooled me into thinking that I could work some Cesar Millan-style magic on him. Actually, that stuff does work on him indoors, but outside on his leash, even saddled with Apfelschorle bottles for extra resistance, he is constantly trying to assert his pack leadership. Christina took Sarah and me out for a rousing hike through the woods around Laaber and Young Master Charles was a force to be reckoned with. He accepts the leash and initially responds well to hisses, foot taps, and other assertions of pack leadership, but it became clear to me that he was just waiting me out. He didn’t mind tugging at all. He did do a surprisingly good job of following my instructions to calmly wait for approaching dogs to get their freak on, thereby thoroughly embarrassing their humans.
Cliff and Charlie, pre-walk

11 thoughts on “freaky weather and calm, assertive energy”

  1. Tammy

    It’s great that you have some body else’s dog to practice on!

  2. Christina G

    Even I can’t let up my guard for a moment or he takes over, so I think you did really well for a first try. Practice makes perfect. I’m sure you will be a Cesar Milan guru in no time.

    After this morning’s off and on blizzard, it’s blue skies up here. But there are gray clouds on the horizon…

  3. Tammy

    Did I tell you that I ordered the second season of Cesar?? It should arrive today.

  4. Christina G

    Cool! I”d like to borrow that!

  5. Sarah

    I want to see it too! But Christina should get priority, already having a dog and all.

    Did Matthias’ flight leave on time? I was wondering if the off-and-on blizzard might hinder his take off.

  6. AnOldieButAGoodie

    You have a delightful blog. I love your writing style. Love the dog!

  7. Cliff

    @AnOldieButAGoodie: glad you enjoy. Can’t take any credit at all for Charlie — you can thank Christina G and Rainer for that.

  8. Mom

    I never even thought of Ceasar Milan on DVD. That would be a good gift for Dad. Nell has to be reminded sometimes that I am the wife. I’m pretty sure she could drive if she could reach the pedals. Every time they go flying 2-3 days in a row, she starts hustling me out of the house in the morning. She is certain that if I would leave, she could go to the park.
    The snow picture is beautiful. Dallas was backed up with hundreds of flights cancelled from a storm moving through yesterday. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Friday! We’re having clouds and dreary wet cold, but no storms. We’ll try Skyping from PV.

  9. Carolyn

    Is that a Bernese Mountain Dog? Sounds like you had fun!

  10. Sarah

    Yep, he’s a Bernese. Pretty huge, too. He’s sitting next to Cliff in that picture, but he comes nearly up to my hip when standing. He weighs 110 lbs., so he’s a big dude. We had a pretty good time – we get such a kick out of any time spent around dogs since we can’t have our own!

  11. Tammy

    Matthias is so impressed that Christina is strong enough to pick him up and lay him on the floor when he is bad (Charlie, that is, not Cliff). All that shot putting was worth it just to control the dog!

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