Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Seventeen: Present Yourself With Poise, Dignity, And Grace. A Good Walk Is Not A Race. 12″x14″, oil on canvas. Sold.
This is an appropriate lesson for Finnegan who is the biggest spaz on our walks. My mother would correctly point out that it’s because he was never trained properly. However, I’ve seen some King Charles Spaniels that have gone through rigorous training classes that are still naughty walkers. When Finnegan was a puppy, he would have something called ‘puppy terrors’. He would be trotting along quite fine then something would snap: too much green grass, too much sidewalk space, too much of a good smell and he would stop everything and run in a furious circle at top speed leaving me wrapped up like a mummy in his leash. I never knew that this behavior had a name until a woman who was walking a very calm golden retriever shouted out to me from across the street that he had a bad case of the ‘puppy terrors’. Even though Finnegan is no longer a puppy and the terrors have dwindled, he still pulls on his leash much more than necessary, stops short, and refuses to walk west.