Around 3:30PM, I received a phone call from a dear co-worker of mine, asking if I wouldn't mind bringing a puppy to a presentation she was giving for Wilderwood. Of course I said yes!!
We had to sit through a rather boring presentation about Genetics....but I was busy trying to keep Gideon from flopping all over the floor.
He has just been introduced to the Halti....(Chorus of "Aaaahs".)
After that was over, the pups visited while Deanna setup; I was a little nervous about standing up front of a group of people... cause I know they'd be puppies...I could make Gideon lay down, but Victoria hasn't been a situation where she'd need to stay still for long just yet, so I was under a little bit of pressure try and make everything look...good.
For the first 5 minutes they both laid down, than Vikki smelled something interesting on the stage and tried to go investigate it.
Here's where the importance of body language comes into play...hehe, since I couldn't correct her verbally, and didn't want to do anything physically, well just because, so I gave her the signals to 'sit' and 'down' which she did....but flopped, and flipped, and stood.
I sat down and held her in my lap...which she let me....for about 10 minutes, and than she was ready to go again.
Thankfully Gideon was doing a great "down/stay" during this time, as Deanna was talking about the impact these kids have on the dogs. She got to a section of her presentation where she played a video......except it didn't work.
So I got up and tried to work on it, while Deanna talked on....Vikki was laying down, so I focused my attention on getting the videos up.
Suddenly I heard a growling sound behind me, of course I whipped around...Gideon was beside me so Vikki wasn't being bothered by him....the growling escalated to a whiny, barky, squealy, sound, that went on for about 15 seconds, before she was finished and laid back down.
The audience died laughing.. apparently she wanted a part in the presentation...as if being cute and cuddly wasn't enough!
We finally got the internet to work, and played the video from our website....and wrapped up the presentation.
Gideon did have some "I-don't-want-to-do-what-you-want-me-to-do" and we had a little battle of wills, but I won don't worry! :))
All in all, we got our information across and I think we may have gained some potential kennel volunteers!!