I hope you had a wonderful long weekend and got outside to enjoy the beautiful and hot weather. The hubby and I just lounged around all weekend- it was lovely.
I made the Cabernet Sauvignon Jelly on Saturday and it turned out fantastic! It jelled up like it’s supposed to, and it has a lovely deep grape flavor without being too sweet. It’s a keeper!
And we went to the Grant Park Farmer’s Market, of course. Brought home fennel, snow peas (I think), radishes, fresh pasta, and zephyr squash. A little lighter load than normal, but Big T is traveling, so it’s mostly for me! T took a couple of pictures- and yes, that red thing is actually a radish.
Don’t be fooled like me- he’s not that sweet. A group of women were running by and one got too close for Ira’s comfort. He jumped up as she passed by him and bit her! I never imagined that he would ever harm a person. I know he has leash aggression issues with other dogs- but never people. It was all too much for him- but I’m very distressed that his reaction was to bite.
The lady was mostly bruised- there was no puncture or anything like that. He didn’t actually bite down- he just opened his mouth and hit her as she ran by. But she was already showing abrasive bruises. She didn’t freak out or demand our contact information (like I would have), but I was horrified. T took Ira home while the rest of us finished the trail. Needless to say, all we talked about was this incident.
So where do we go from here? I tell ya, my inclination is to send him back to the breeder. But T is in love with this dog- and Ira is incredibly loving to us. He’s just too protective. So T wants to give Ira a chance and increase our training time with him everyday. Of course, T is traveling all week- so that means I have to increase the training. Yay.
I’ve decided to put the onus of getting Ira socialized on T- if he wants to keep this dog, he’s going to have to work for it. I would be fine with sending Ira back to the breeder or a poodle rescue- or even the estate in Brazil where T’s dad lives. I don’t want to be house bound with my dog because he can’t be trusted in public. And I especially want to be able to trust Ira around a little baby if we should ever bring one into the house.
We have stopped giving him affection when he demands it, and he’s spending more time every day in the crate. He needs to learn that he is not in charge, and that we can take care of protecting ourselves. I don’t know what else to do, but I’ll let you know as things progress.
Well- thanks for stopping by. And if you have any suggestions about Ira, PLEASE drop me a comment and let me know. Thanks!