I gave Rufus a reward today

@sallypup (42980)
Moses Lake, Washington
February 23, 2021 5:59pm CST
I guess I want my white hair to come in sooner. That's why I adopted young man Rufus. The temperatures headed to sunny almost Spring this afternoon so I decided to let Rufus be a little freer. He and I are not quite at the I trust you and you trust me stage. He gets on a smell and he could be over the hill in a second. Such a quick little guy. I took him up behind my house and let his long leash go. I wanted to grab it back but I let it fall to the ground. He raced after Sally. He found out pretty quickly what three acres is all about. He did not go too far but he did get in a couple of nice runs. He also went to the fence by the neighbor geese. They loudly hissed at him. I called him to come back. The nasty hissing had Rufus headed right my way!
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@kaylachan (13362)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Feb
At least he was having a lot of fun so that should mean something.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
You're right, @kaylachan. This breed of dog needs brain stimulation and activity or he gets into trouble.
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@kaylachan (13362)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Feb
@sallypup Yep. A lot of animals do. We need to be aware of their needs to give them the best lives possible.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@kaylachan Know what? It's just 6:30 pm at my house. We've been exercising Rufus one way or another since 7 this morning.
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@DianneN (218664)
• United States
24 Feb
I'm sure he enjoyed that run home!
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@DianneN There must be over a dozen of those huge birds. I wouldn't want a peck from them.
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@DianneN (218664)
• United States
24 Feb
@sallypup Nor I!!!!
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@KristenH (30972)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
24 Feb
Aww. How sweet he is. So glad you protected him from that snake!
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@DaddyEvil (33120)
• United States
24 Feb
I don't blame you... I'd be nervous letting him loose the first few times, too. He'll learn what's okay and what isn't soon enough. Hissing geese always made me back away, too.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@DaddyEvil If Rufus were to take off, I can't get out of a walk anymore so it would be hard to capture him again. Heelers are super quick. I've raised turkeys but geese and me just don't get along.
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@DaddyEvil (33120)
• United States
24 Feb
@sallypup I'm at the lumber stage now. Pretty laughs when I jog along with her. *sigh* I had geese when I was a kid. They can be mean.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@DaddyEvil Geese are huge and like you said, often mean.
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@macayada (1241)
• Philippines
24 Feb
It's good to let him run free once in a while. Those in a leash or inside the house most of the time are of so much energy and so hyper when they are released outside.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@macayada Exactly. I adopted Rufus about 3 weeks ago. I let him run around in my good sized front yard but now I am slowly trusting him on the bigger acreage.
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@rebelann (81950)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Feb
He's a good lookin pup. Well, at least you're not bored, right? How is he with the kitties now?
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@rebelann How is he with the cats? He still tries to be the king of the cats.
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@rebelann (81950)
• El Paso, Texas
24 Feb
And the winner is .......... @sallypup ......... oh I know this one, Saia.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@rebelann Sonny James is mighty weary of being treated like a wayward sheep.
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@CarolDM (117022)
• Nashville, Tennessee
24 Feb
Oh my, he met the neighbor geese. Sounds like you and Rufus has a nice day. What a cutie he is.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@CarolDM Cause of Rufus's breed, I am nervous about what he will do when he meets the neighbor's animals. Rufus has high prey drive. He is prone to grab before he thinks- that includes little barky dogs and domestic birds. He has done well around my own chickens, though.
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@CarolDM (117022)
• Nashville, Tennessee
24 Feb
@sallypup Oh I understand now. You will have patience with him I am sure.
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
24 Feb
@CarolDM Thank you for that confidence. I sure need it.
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@snowy22315 (108009)
• United States
25 Feb
Something tells me Rufus is going to be a handful for you guys, but I hope you enjoy him!
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@sallypup (42980)
• Moses Lake, Washington
25 Feb
@snowy22315 Spot on. Rufus is a handful. I am learning to load a kong ball with peanut butter and for sure exercise him
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@jstory07 (100916)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Feb
Rufus was a good dog today and deserved a nice treat.
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@LindaOHio (58184)
• United States
24 Feb
I'm glad to hear that Rufus got to run and was a good boy! Good boy, Rufus!
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@prinzcy (18094)
• Malaysia
24 Feb
Rufus was trying to be adventurous and brave I'm really glad he's fitting in.
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@JudyEv (238614)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Feb
I can't imagine geese turning tail and running which is a good thing.
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@wolfgirl569 (36452)
• Marion, Ohio
24 Feb
Sounds like he did great.
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@Dena91 (11123)
• United States
24 Feb
That is good you are letting him explore some. And wonderful when hissed at he came straight to you. That trust between you will be solid before long
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