Last night Foster Mom Gloria and I got Mattisue, Mitchell and Milah together. Mattisue is by no means afraid of vehicles or people, although she is a little timid, but when Gloria drove into a parking spot at the park Mattisue went right up to the vehicle and towards the drivers side. She followed Gloria around to the back passenger door and whined at the door before Gloria had even opened it up. SHE KNEW her pups were in that vehicle. Whether she remembered Gloria’s vehicle from the dog run from when I had her on the back bumper to visit her pups before they were driven away, or if she could smell her pups, I have no idea, but she definitely knew. Once those pups were put on the ground next to her she gave them a full once over. Satisfied that Gloria had been taking good care of them she also greeted Gloria.
We went over to the baseball field with Mattisue going back to round her pups up over and over, and sat down to ‘watch’ the game…or rather watch pups and mom together. You can just tell that Mattisue was a good mom to her pups. She played with Mitchell the most because he was more responsive to his mom. At one point a little Chihuahua came running playfully at one of the pups. It was a dog that Mattisue had already met before we sat down, and had liked, but when this guy started to move towards her pup the momma bear in her came out and she moved fast to get between the Chi and her pup and she growled at him. She also put out a warning to a guy walking past that reached out to one pup. She is protective in the most appropriate way and the protectiveness she showed over them was heartwarming. As we were leaving the park the pups were on a long line together and I let Mattisue off leash. She did some zoomies and then did a run-by and bowled Mitchell down. She was having so much fun opening up and playing with familiar dogs. I’m used to seeing moms put their pups in line when they were being too playful but she seemed to be teaching them to play. Her pups were running after her trying to keep up…it was so adorable. If I could, I’d have all three forever!