The Black Dog Outing

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This weekend Mr. Taleteller and I decided to be really brave and take an outing with Küster and Flattery to do a little shopping.  While Flattery is a little older than Küster, he has more life experience with different things, but they are both still learning about the world and in need of socialization.  While I prefer taking Bunny with me when I go places, I also know that Flattery has to have chances to go out and do things if she’s going to be as wonderful to take out as Bunny.  Mr. Taleteller and Küster are really getting intensive about training and this means that Küster needs to get out every chance we’re able to take him.  I know that he’ll be fine on the trailing part of his certification, but he will also be tested on his manners and obedience and those things still need some polish.

Of course, it’s a little different depending on Küster to be the role model.  Okay, it’s downright scary.  In some ways, I still see him as the baby dog, even though he has really grown up a lot.  Flattery has her own set of issues to deal with.  She hasn’t experienced a lot of things in the world and she is still very keen on little furry things.  She turns into another creature that I don’t recognize when she sees something that looks like prey.  So, needless to say, the potential for embarrassment was pretty high for both of us.

A Shopping Break -- Tales and Tails

A Shopping Break

Our first stop was Big R.  For those unfamiliar with it, it’s a farm store, but they have all kinds of things in it.   There’s a pet section and, obviously, a livestock section, but they also sell home goods, toys, clothes, and a variety of other neat things.  Mr. Taleteller likes taking Küster in there because there are a variety of challenging things that he can try to get Küster to try and see, like getting up on a wheeled cart, jumping up on a stack of rubber mats or hopping into a livestock water trough.  To my great amusement and Mr. Taleteller’s utter horror and humiliation, Flattery turned out to be better at those things than Küster.  I’ve joked with my husband quite a bit over the last six weeks about how we might have adopted the world’s first search and rescue Greyhound.  Oddly, he was not amused when I joked about this at the store.

The staff at Big R is always very friendly with the dogs and Flattery and Küster both loved the attention.  We met a man and his wife who have been hoping to adopt a Greyhound the next time they get a pet.  He admired Küster, too, and commented that he’d never seen a black German Shepherd before.  Both of them accepted all the attention they got as if it were their due.

Where's the Other Half -- Tales and Tails

Where’s the Other Half?

After that, we headed down to Bass Pro.  This store is a lot bigger and a lot busier than Big R.  They have both been inside before, so it wasn’t a total shock, but it was the first time either of them had been there without Bunny.  I felt a little anxiety grip me, uncertain how they’d react inside, but it turned out I didn’t need to worry.  We walked in and there was a woman sitting in the lounge area with her broken foot or leg propped up on a little cart while she waited for someone to finish shopping.  Flattery immediately approached and shared some Greyhound affection with her.  The woman seemed a bit enchanted.  It was the beginning of a trend that followed us through the store.

We ran into countless people who all wanted to meet the dogs, especially Flattery.  She carried herself so well and I was really proud of her.  She approached everyone calmly.  Everyone who met her was very surprised that we’d just added her to our family six weeks ago.  Honestly, I was surprised that it’s only been that long myself.  She took all the people in the store, the new sights and sounds and even meeting other dogs there in stride.

Looking Pretty -- Tales and Tails

Looking Pretty

Flattery and Küster also managed to not start trying to play with each other while we were there.  I admit that I had visions of them getting us banned from the store if they started some of their puppy antics, but they were both very grown up and well-behaved.  It was a great feeling to have them both do so well and have everyone else enjoy them as much as we do.  Well, as much as we do at home without the crazy puppy antics.

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  • harrispen

    We took the pups on an outing to a pet store today and ran into one of Kuster’s cousins. A 6 month old all black GSD that will be trained in Schutzhund. Millie was just a little smitten with him. Our problem isn’t so much that our two will start playing with each other but rather they want to play with all the other dogs we meet and get upset if they aren’t allowed to approach. Walter is still a Mexican jumping bean when we go out. Hopefully with more outings as the weather gets cooler and some maturity he will calm down a bit. Ha! Fat chance!

    I love Flattery’s collar choice for today!

    • Her collar came from MeggieMoo. They would both probably play with another dog if approached that way, but fortunately, they both listened to us pretty well.

      • Maryruth Ginn

        We love the collar too. Thanks for the tip. Lala, the Saluki, needs a fall look.

  • Sue Dyer

    Nice to hear The Infidel and Flattery behaved. How lovely that Flattery went up to the lady with leg in plaster.

    Lovely photos.

    • Flattery will approach just about anyone. I’ve learned that shyness isn’t an issue for her.

  • Great job! Flattery looks like she is looking for instructions from Kuster in the first photo.

    • More like she’s giving him instructions! lol She’s not afraid to assert herself.

  • Standing next to Flattery, Kuster looks like a very tall Shepherd. Is he really that tall or is it just the angle of the photo?

  • Jen

    It’s always nice (and kind of funny) when they exceed our expectations! So great that your two dervishes were able to comport themselves without their Good Example™ present.

    So how is Flattery’s nosework? 😉

  • Casey the Boxer

    I’m so proud of Flattery! She’s learning so quickly. And Kuster is growing up. 🙂

  • jan

    Flattery sounds like a natural to train as a therapy dog If that first Greyhound S&R thing doesn’t work out. 🙂

    I’m sure you have this in mind for such a fast learner. Thanks for the progress report on the black pups.

  • Two French Bulldogs

    Sounds like you both did a great job. Kuster looks exactly like our K-9 at moms work
    Benny & Lily

  • Emma

    What a great outing and what well behaved pups! Sounds like they have earned themselves another shopping date in the future! Love how Flattery put Kuster and Mr. Taleteller to shame 🙂 Go girl! Wish I still had the umlaut on my keyboard, but I have a US computer now, so can’t type the name correctly.

  • Jodi

    That’s totally awesome!! I would be super nervous with my guys. Sampson would pull me all over the place and Delilah….well I’m not sure. I just know it would be bad. LOL

  • I hope it’s not too nerve-wracking. Training and socializing takes a lot of effort. Wow this is coming along greatly!

    Sophie *I would be licking everyone” Doodle here

  • Flattery is going to be a rock solid therapy dog for sure 🙂
    And why not a SAR greyhound 🙂 My girl Cori does nose works. There’s a few greyhounds doing that. Two have their level 1 title and one even has their level 2 title 🙂

  • 24pawsoflove

    Very cool! And a great inspiration. We just found out that the Home Depot closest to us, lets dogs come in the store. We are going to try with Zappa since he is the most social of the dogs, besides Silver.

    Sounds like they were both amazing! Bet you were both proud!!

  • catchatcaren

    Of course they had a good outing! With you training and being their Mom why wouldn’t they? You are great with your babies!

  • Hazel

    So glad we got to hear about the trip! Those human “nerves” really tense up at those types of situations. You’ve got two treasures there!

  • Ryker From Alaska

    Fantastic, so glad they both did so well out in the big world!

  • Sara Blair

    Awww, Flattery, I’m so proud of you (and Kuster too).

    I love when our dogs surprise us like that.

  • Magda Guzdziol

    Great news that they both made you proud- especially Flattery! Give them a well done pet from me and Dina.

  • I like the vision of a greyhound SAR dog 🙂 I’m sure that Mr. Taleteller was mortified but remind him that Flattery could probably rescue only rabbits 🙂

    I’m glad that they’re both doing SO well on your outings! Flattery is pretty amazing with how she’s taking the real world in stride. She seems more comfy with it than Shyla… but that’s okay with me 🙂

  • Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    You must have been so pleased at how well they did! I was also going to comment on Flattery’s collar….it is just perfect on her!

  • Lori – What Remains Now

    So glad it went so well. Good job, Kuster & Flattery. Extra treats all around.