Thursday, June 9, 2011

Suspicious

I think I've said before that when Maisie is on a streak of good behavior, I get lulled into a false sense of security which is later broken by some truly awful behavior that catches me off guard.  It's happened more than once, and I am suspicious that it's currently happening again.

Maisie is generally pretty leash-aggressive...on average, I'd say probably about 70% of the time. However, in the past week Maisie has encountered three four new dogs and acted extremely friendly towards all of them.  In addition to the dog who bit her last weekend, we met a very handsome pit bull and a beautiful husky mix, both newcomers to our block.  We also a ran into another dog at the pet store when we went to stock up on her food for the week. In each case, Maisie was playful, curious and non-threatening.  Hm. Suspicious.

She also has been an obedience superstar.  When we arrived home tonight, I ran her through a quick series of commands I often give when she's on the mat right inside the door and she obeyed without hesitation. First is sit/wait...

Then down...

Then frog!

And after I went upstairs, she immediately came when I called her.  Perhaps a bit too close to the camera, but nevertheless, she listened on the first try.  Verrry suspicious.

I would be so happy if Maisie had turned a corner and was showing a real sign of improvement, but I'm more inclined to believe that she is hatching some evil plan which she will spring on me without warning!

11 comments:

Patty said...

Love the frog photo. Sophie also lulls me into a sense of security and then bam!

But Maisie looks innocent and I hope she has turned a corner and continues to behave so well! :-)

A Couple of Misfits said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! Skye continues to play with my hopes and dreams, but I keep telling myself that when she's 5 she'll be a good dog!

OscarBlogger said...

Oscar's been surprisingly well behaved lately too - but for me, it's the very first time a good phase has ever happened, so I don't know what to expect. Probably something terrible and destructive. I hope Maisie doesn't have anything mischievous planned! She looks very innocent, that's for sure. ;)

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

One day can you do the story of how you chose Maisie - or maybe your last pup?

I think that the frog command/trick is the bestest one ever. Maisie does no wrong in my eyes (because I dont live with her!)

Maisie's Mom said...

I chose Maisie sort of by accident. I had just had to put my sweet Kaya to sleep after 16+ years and was willing to foster a dog of a similar size who needed a home. I was till on the Board of NLOL and no one had applied to either foster or adopt Maisie. so I offered...

if you haven't read this post about Maisie's humble beginnings, it does give a bit more info (and includes a pic of beautiful Kaya).
http://maisieme.blogspot.com/2011/02/nobodys-perfect.html

Two Pitties in the City said...

Very promising! How old is she now? Could she just be changing with age? I love that 'frog' is a command.

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Be good Maisie :)

Bailey said...

Maise is going to surprise you aren't you Maise.

-Katy & Bailey

h(eather) said...

It sounds like she has been exchanging emails with Rude Dog.. ;)

Mumsy and Company said...

Maisie we like your blog and we will be following now. Hugs and nose kisses Chancy and Mumsy

loveandaleash said...

this pattern does sound familiar. i'm sure she's up to no good!
ok, not fair . . . it's certainly possible that she has turned a corner, but for everybody's peace of mind, keep your vigilance up on leash walks!!