Visiting Family with Trixie
I enjoyed taking Trixie along whenever I visited family. They were all dog lovers themselves and openly welcomed Trixie with affection and sometimes goodies. I would take her along to just about every family event and holiday gathering.
I did have to be careful, especially at a Christmas gathering, where there were food items and candy sitting on low tables as she would see those as goodies of opportunity. I also needed to remind people to pay attention to where they were setting their plates of food as Trixie would see a plate-full of yummy morsels within her reach as an invitation to join in the celebration.
Trixie always enjoyed visiting Janet’s home where there was a big back yard and always other dogs to play with. Janet also had neat stairs going into the basement where she could run up and down. I don’t think she ever got tired of that exercise. She would run up and down the stairs at Dietrie’s home too.
She was a curious dog and I had to watch her carefully when she went to explore other rooms in the house. Generally I would usher her outdoors when she was exploring as I thought she may have been looking for a place to relieve herself. I remember only a few times we had issues inside as I made a point of taking her outdoors often.
Living up to her “velcro” nature, getting Trixie outdoors to do her thing was sometimes a challenge. Simply opening a door and telling her to go outside was not enough… I sometimes had to give her a nudge to go outside. It was easier to just go outdoors myself, and she would follow me out. I then had to quickly slip back indoors where, of course, she wanted to follow. If I were outdoors, she wanted to be outdoors… if I were indoors, she wanted to be indoors. She would not bark like some dogs I’ve known, but usually would sit passively at the door and wait for her opportunity to rejoin the activity indoors.