This is Cholula on our camping trip last Labor Day weekend, one year ago. We’d gotten her from the shelter maybe a week earlier, and hadn’t fully realized the extent of her problems with other dogs. Overly optimistic, we took her on a camping trip to a Maryland state campground where dogs were allowed. They put all the dog owners in the same area, so tethered at our campground, Cholula was in a state of constant anxiety as dogs walked by us–and also when we walked her around, passing other dogs at their campsites. It seemed that every third dog staying there had issues similar to Cholula’s, which made for a lot of lunging and barking.
Now, a year later, we are heading to another campground that allows dogs, and again we are taking Cholula. This time, we’ll be in cabins, so she will get more of a break. But even so, I’m interested to see how she will handle being at a campground with a bunch of dogs, one year later, after all the work we’ve done. I’ll let you know.
Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone–