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The other side of the fence

One of our favorite restaurants doesn't allow dogs in their outside eating area. Techically it's not sidewalk eating, and we certainly don't want to cause them any health code violations. But we have noticed that some dog owners will sit in the front patio area, and tie up their dogs just on the other side of the gate and tiny hedge, and things seem to work out really well. We decided to see if Shelby would behave in this situation, after all, she would always be able to see us, and she was only 3 feet from us.

Watiting at Stacey's
After a few attempts to hop the hedge, Shelby settled down and started to people watch, and sunbathe. It happened to be Farmers Market day, so several people stopped by to pet her, and she loved that, especially when kids would visit. For her good behavior, Steven gave her a french fry.

I throughly enjoyed it, and Shelby did quite well. Steven was a bit of a mess and missed her terribly.

October 3, 2007 | Permalink


Poor Shelby misses her people. She is really well behaved (considering her lonely circumstances). Congratulations to both of you!

Posted by: mary | Oct 3, 2007 2:16:20 PM

For sure she wondered at first why she had to sit on the other side of the hedges. They adjust quickly ... and I'm sure she LOVED the attention of all the passers-by! I know I sure would have stopped to give her a bunch of love. The photo is so cute.

Posted by: Maggie | Oct 3, 2007 8:54:02 PM

Who does Shelby recognise more as the master and follow or stick to? And who is she more fearful of and obeys? You or Steven? For me, it's definitely my husband Tubby sticks to but he is more afraid and behaves better with me!

Posted by: Arlene | Oct 4, 2007 1:34:16 AM

Man, I don't know if I'd be happy if my owners sat somewhere that I wasn't allowed to sit. I'd be sad...my owners like to take me through the drive through at McDonalds; it always smells greasy and the people at the window give me treats!

Posted by: Polly | Oct 4, 2007 6:41:19 AM

Wow, I know for sure Apollo would not behave that well even though he would LOVE the attention from the people stopping to pet him. Shelby is SO well behaved and SO cute, I wish I had one like her. Poor Steven, I know how he feels, Apollo is my granddog and I only get to see him 3 or 4 times a week.

Posted by: Briana Mitchell | Oct 4, 2007 9:36:49 AM

Poor Shelby....close and yet so far....no wonder Daddy was upset about his Baby being soooo far away!!!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Oct 4, 2007 3:43:14 PM

Shelby respects Steven as Alpha dog, and listens to him best. I am her best playmate. Steven thinks Shelby considers me "the other pug."

pfft. This is the thanks I get. :P

Posted by: Winnie | Oct 4, 2007 9:55:16 PM

We tried that once with Finnster, our pug. I tied his leash to my chair and sat very nicely on the other side of the fence. Everything was going fine until a boy went by on a skateboard. Finnster took off after the boy, my seat was pulled out from under me and the fence went down too. Needless to say, we asked for the check very quickly after that!

Posted by: Erin | Oct 5, 2007 9:10:40 AM

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