We went for a little walk just south of Nuuksio National park with my friend (RR) and her dog Säde, a Springer spaniel. I know Säde very well. I have looked after her several times over a weekend, starting when she was a puppy. And we share a love for the great outdoors with RR, have shared a tent on several hikes. So, it would be nice if the canine girls would get along 🙂
RR and I have been a bit anxious about introducing the girls to each other. They are about the same age, and both can be protective over their own people and their own space. Nothing serious, just a typical female… But put two of these together and you may get in trouble. And I have seen Una being scared of other dogs, so Säde might be a bit intimidating to her. Säde, on the other hand, is very confident around other dogs.
We started the walk with both dogs on leash. Una and I were following Säde, which made the situation as easy as possible for her. When we saw Säde being totally absorbed in a world of interesting scents, we let both dogs off the leash.
Everything went well, mostly. Säde was running and Una did what she usually does: walked behind me 🙂
Unfortunately, Säde charged Una two times. Nothing serious, just a lunge towards her. We were not 100% sure why she did it, but the best guess is Säde protecting her owner, and maybe me, too, from this strange dog. Both lunges started when Säde was passing RR towards me and Una. I was able to stop Säde the second time before she got near Una, with a vocal command and body gesture. But Una was quite nervous after these events 😦 Clearly, she has had bad experiences with other dogs. Maybe nothing very serious, but enough to make her very reserved around strange dogs.
So, it remains to be seen how things will develop: will the girls be friends or enemies…