Today we (me & Fizz) found ourselves faced with a very different challenge.
Our local coop currently has one of its outer shutters down, so we have a slightly odd turn at the top of the steps by the door. The door is set at a 45* degree angle to the corner of the building, meaning that when both shutters are down, the building looks square, yet with them both open, you can access from either side through the same entrance. (With one down, we have to walk around to the other, which isn’t at all an issue of difficult to do)
So, we did the turn & Fizz stopped dead and sat down. This is a very odd thing for her to do.
She doesn’t just sit down like this if there is an obstacle, if there were an obstacle she would remain standing and then guide me around. If she couldn’t guide me around it, she would turn me around to indicate the way was blocked.
Today she just sat, nothing would move her!
I focused in on a bull dog type dog sat by the railings a little way up, it’s tail was wagging and it wasn’t barking.
This is normally all the invitation Fizz would need to rush me over to say hello; yet she still sat. So it wasn’t the dog!
Maybe it was a bike laid on the ground, I scanned but saw nothing….
A man came out the shop but before I could ask him, he rushed past and away.
Then out came a lady with a trolley and my mystery was solved
sorry dear, my cat has come out for a walk with me and my dog, he is sitting between you and the door.
So I scanned, I was able to work out another animal, about the same size as the bull dog and also similar colouring.
It was a cat!
It was a very HUGE cat, and he was happily sitting licking his paw with his tail wagging, just like the dog !!
Knowing now the situation I asked Fizz to walk on; nothing!
She did move eventually, but only then cower behind me until the cat had walked past !!
My clever. Highly trained. Intelligent. Problem solving guide dog is officially a WIMP.