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The same day we had McKayla's 4th Birthday Party, Cierra and I decided to have a photo shoot with Rio and Apollo for our Great Dane Community's March photo contest. I picked up the "props" at Dollar Tree (I LOVE that store!). I wasn't sure how cooperative they'd be, but I think they did pretty well. :-D

And here is our cover photo announcing the contest:

We are excited to announce March's contest. This month we would like
for all of you to submit a photo of your Dane showing their Irish Spirit!
Please email your photos to our email. Voting and photo submissions
will end Friday March the 15th. Our winner will be announced
on St. Patrick's Day. Good luck and have fun!

While at Imagination Station, we did have a couple hairy moments with Rio. I had left him with John while I ran to pick up some balloons and when I called telling John I was on my way home, he said Rio wasn't having a good day. Apparently he  didn't like a female Mastiff OR Apollo (who he's played with on numerous occasions). He was NOT being his normal self. I'm thinking 'Great! What's going on with him and how hard is this going to be to fix?!".

So I get back to the party and take Rio from John. I decided to take him over to Apollo and see how he reacted to see what I needed to do to fix the problem. Expecting there to be barking and growling and all eyes on us like it was earlier, I was NOT expecting what did actually happen:

What happened you asked? Did he turn into a snarling, evil blue blur?

Nope! He immediately turned into:

Playful puppy! Doing 'stick-em-up-butt. Barking and whining b/c he wanted to play with is friend.

I was relieved but dumbfounded; why did he react totally different with John when I wasn't there? What caused the transformation? Johns speculation is that Rio was pissed and out of sorts that I had left. He said the whole time I was gone, Rio was 'looking' for something and apparently that was me; once I returned, he was a different dog.

The rest of the day, they had a ball. We walked the playground together, making the other people laugh at the way they played (there were quite a few references to the fact that they 'played like horses) and we even gave them a few minutes of 'off leash' play. Afterwards, we took them to the dog park and they played some more.

Whatever the reasoning was, I'm happy that they made up. It'll certainly make get together's easier this summer. :-)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!


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