C O M P A N Y!

I haven’t had that many opportunities to have other people in my house besides family, but occasionally I do get some. Most of the time it’s my neighbor from across the street, and sometimes it’s Taylor’s friends. I don’t mind if they come over, ’cause I know them pretty well. Then there’s family that comes to the house every few months…

Last week I had some people come in my house — in the early afternoon, our neighbor across the street visited us. I knew him since I was a little puppy, and I’ve even been inside his house a few times. I usually see him a few times a week, so I know him pretty well. He and his wifey are really nice people, but sometimes I end up barking at them when I first see them. ;)

C O M P A N Y!
Nala also likes our neighbor. He’s really nice to both of us.

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Nala likes to sniff — I like to sniff.

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I thought my neighbor was the only visitor
we would have on this day… but I was wrong!

Later on, more people showed up at our door! There was my family’s aunt, uncle and two cousins. I’ve seen them before, but I wasn’t that well-behaved then. I watched every single move they made, and I barked the entire time they were in our house.

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This time, when they came inside our house and I started
barking at them, mommy immediately put me behind the hallway gate.

She told me that if I wanted to come out, I would have to be QUIET. OOH, that dreaded word. She repeated that sentence to me over a couple of times until it looked like I understood. “If you want to come out, you have to be quiet.”

After thinking about it for a few seconds, I decided to be quiet and see what happened. When I stopped barking, my mommy let me out to join everyone.

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I walked around and listened to everyone talking.

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Some people tried to pet me, but I was still a little
unsure. Soon enough, I started barking at everyone again.

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That landed me back behind the hallway gate. If I wanted
to get out, I’d have to be quiet. QUIEEEET…

Ahhhh. After a minute, I had figured this quiet thing out. QUIET = FREEDOM. So I was quiet.

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As soon as my mommy let me out, I went around sniffing.

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Nala had no trouble warming up to everyone. I also think
that she remembered them. She has known them longer.

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I tried to hang around Nala, since she was more experienced.

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Everyone was so nice to Nala, and she let them pet her.

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I gave it a try, and it was really nice.

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I hung out with Nala for most of the time.
I felt more comfortable being around her.

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But Nala doesn’t like people getting too close
to her face, so sometimes she pulled away.

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I don’t mind if people get in my face,
’cause I usually get in people’s faces myself!

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I think this visit went really well!

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My family was shocked at the difference
in my behavior since the last time they saw me.

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I actually felt comfortable enough to lie down
and take my eyes off of everyone for a while.

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I say the evening was a great success! It felt good to know
how proud my family was of me. I can’t wait for MORE company to come!

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10 Responses
  1. Priscilla says:

    I love visitors as most of them want to play with me. However, some people are scared of dogs, and they don’t even dare to pat me, can you believe it? Scared of moi!!! It’s kidding, isn’t it?

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  2. Suka says:

    hey Bailey,

    What great news! I am so furry proud of you and how well you did this time with company. You are growing and learning more and more every day, and turning into such a beautiful, well-mannered dog! And very smart to follow Nala’s lead. Older sis-furs usually know best!

    Quiet = freedom. Brilliant! :->

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  3. Benny & Lily says:

    wonder if the neighbors go behind the gate next time, BOL
    Benny & Lily

  4. Mr. Pip says:

    Having nice neighbors is so important. It is always a little strange when new people come into the house. It throws off the routine a bit, but it sounds like you both did GREAT!

    Your pal, Pip

  5. Ya did good, Bailey….Next time will be even nicer!
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  6. Ellen says:

    What a good job you did! You learned something with a great reward…being able to be with visitors. That is a hard one because of all the new scents, tone of their voices, how they move, so well done!

    Tucker did quite well for Thanksgiving. Better than I thought. I tethered him with a leash to me for awhile and also put him in the puppy pen where the family were. He ended up bored and fell asleep. Stewie does fine with big people but children can be hard for him. Even when I tell children to just pet his back they often alarm him when they get too close to his face.

    We all are learning…
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  7. Jacksdad says:

    Jack does the same thing when people come to visit, but he gets to stay in the bedroom. He gets a bit too excited!!

  8. Goose says:

    Way to go Bailey. To be truthful when people come to my house, whether I know them or not I bark and bark. But after just a little while I stop and then what happens is they all want to pet and pet me. I like that part. Then I like to show off all my toys.
    Again GOOD JOB. Getting loved is always better than “the gate,”
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  9. Frankie Furter says:

    Bailey I think you did a WONDERFUL SUPER JOB of allowing Company to come into YOUR home. You did the right thingy… stick with Nala and follow her lead.


  10. Finn says:

    Quiet=freedom, an excellent lesson! Isn’t company grand?
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