|Awww. Where did that puppy go? And those little girls are grown up now too...|
That being said, Nola is Rykert's near constant companion. They go running together. They go to the ski lake together. Before Scout arrived, Nola had an outing to the dog park or ski lake pretty much every day. And while her daily trips have been reduced for this summer, Nola has adjusted well to Scout. Initially, she showed very little interest, but now will walk by and give her a lick on the foot. When we come home, Nola immediately runs to check on Scout in the carseat. If Scout cries and we don't respond immediately, Nola will come and find us and look at us as if to say, "Are you going to get her or should I?" However, some of Scout's night wakings are an annoyance to Nola, and Nola will often leave her bed and go downstairs to sleep where it is much quieter.
In the past few weeks, Scout has gotten incredibly observant of her surroundings. With her newly found head control, she follows all movement and moves her head back and forth like she's watching a tennis match. And occasionally, she'll actually take some interest in watching Nola.
But poor Nola. A few weeks ago, Rykert went to a ski tournament. Most of the ski tournaments (for those of you who didn't even know there was such a "thing" as three-event competitive water skiing) are held at small, private, man-made lakes. Rykert received permission from one of the lake owners to bring Nola along. She usually spends such days running along the side of the lake as Rykert skis, swimming, begging participants to give her attention or throw her beloved blue racket ball (it has to be blue and it has to be a racket ball), or positioning herself in the middle of a large group of people and shaking (her specialty). Nola is the most calm, submissive dog that ever was, and she does not know an enemy. When she was a puppy we took great care to expose her to other dogs, other people, and kids so that she would be the well-behaved, calm dog that she is.
On this particular day, Nola approached a small labradoodle. Rykert asked the owner if their dog liked other dogs, and they gave no cause for concern. As Nola approached for a sniff, the labradoodle snapped at Nola and took a piece of her ear. Hence her new nickname in the title.
Poor Nola had to be sedated to have the wound fully cleaned. But here's the kicker and the part that makes me the most incensed ... the owner's of the labradoodle never said sorry, never called to check in, nothing. I forced Rykert to send them an email to tell them that it was more serious than they may be aware, and to just give them a chance to act like responsible dog owners. But nothing. While Nola has returned to her normal self, I'm still seething at these irresponsible dog owners. I'm not really sure what else I can do unless I run into them, at which time I will give them a piece of my mind. It's really not about the vet bill or anything else. I just want them to be more aware dog owners, to get their dog the training and socialization it needs, or to just leave that dog at home. I honestly would hate to even imagine what could have happened a year from now when our toddler might happen to toddle by this dog.
Am I over-reacting? What do you think?