Fred Update, And ….

Fred got his hair cut about a week ago.

Fred the Newf Haircut © Suzanne Haggerty 2016 W

Fred The Newf  —  Groomed

My daughter accused me of “cutting his ears off,” but this is what Newf ears are SUPPOSED to look like.

Fred didn’t seem to mind being groomed.

Fred continues to grow.

I haven’t had him weighed lately, but I would guess he weighs at least 160 pounds by now.

Fred snores as loud as a freight train.

Seriously, you can hear his snoring from far, far, away.

Fred seems to be out-growing some of his teenage misbehaviors.

I can’t say he never indulges in bad behaviors, but he’s maturing and remembering his training more often than not.

(Thank goodness … I think he lost his brain to teenage-ness for a few months!)

He did go on a hunger strike for about three days last week.

I couldn’t figure out what was going on with him.

He wasn’t sick.

I bought a new bag of his food thinking the old bag had gone bad.

But, still Fred wouldn’t eat.

In the end, after talking to many Newfie owners, I changed him to a new food.

Fred has been eating heartily ever since.

Over the weekend, Fred went with me to do some light shooting.

(I’m trying to go easy on my arm, but also get my muscles accustomed to shooting again.)

Fred LOVES to be my photography assistant!

Fred and I were walking along the beach.

It was after 5:00 p.m., and the lifeguards were no longer on duty.

A man approached me.

I thought he was approaching me to ask a question about Fred, because so many people do.

But no, the man wanted to yell at me for having a dog on the beach.

I was so startled/shocked by his tone of voice – I couldn’t even answer.

(Fred was obediently by my side, on a leash, and doing nothing wrong.)

My initial reaction was that of a child who had been yelled at.

I felt bad, I felt like I’d done something wrong, and I ended my shooting to take Fred off the beach.

It wasn’t until I began walking on a nearby paved walkway that I got angry.

The man who yelled at me was not an authority figure.

He was just a man going for a walk … a man who, apparently, doesn’t like dogs.

I have service dog papers for Fred with me at all times and LEGALLY Fred is allowed to be wherever I am.

Fred is too big to fit in service vests anymore, but service vests are not required here in California.

I should have told the man off.

Why did I let him intimidate me when I was well within my rights?

And who does he think he is, acting like he has the right to tell anyone else what to do?

I’m mad at myself for being so easily intimidated.

But, those of you who know me well won’t be surprised I plan to return SOON to the exact same spot with Fred.

Yep, I think I’ll be shooting there frequently for awhile.

I just HOPE the same man rambles by again.

I got the impression he’s a local and considers it “his” beach.

Won’t he be surprised next time he tries to bully me?

Because …?

He’s going to get a whole different reaction from me next time …..

6 Responses to “Fred Update, And ….”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    Will Fred shortly begin carrying your equipment? Perhaps after your trip?

    • Suzanne

      Fred carries lighter stuff for me now.
      He won’t carry a super heavy load until he’s two, but the weight he carries will gradually increase between now and then.

  2. Julie J

    That man was having a bad day and took it out on you. Get him the next time!!

    • Suzanne

      Thank you!
      He gets told he’s handsome by people a lot.
      I think most people in SoCal aren’t used to seeing Newfies.

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