About the beast

Oh hello there internet,
I’m sure you’ve noticed the exceedingly cute beastie bounding across the top of this page. That, internet, is Lila. Lila is an English Springer Spaniel who is, at this moment, just shy of her first birthday. Lila is a little whirlwind. In a lot of ways, she’s just like any other dog. She loves squeaky tennis balls, peanut butter, belly rubs, mud, and sunshine. But in other ways, she’s a little different. At around three months old, it became clear that Lila was a bit scared. Well, she was terrified, absolutely terrified, of people. Internet, this is when the world changed; no longer was I a normal dog owner. Things got serious in a heck of a hurry. I became a bodyguard, a nutritionist, a psychologist, a personal trainer, a teacher, and an amateur canine reproductive expert, virtually overnight. This, internet, was stressful, but it was also strangely inspiring, as only the very best things in life are. After a lot of work, with simple goals that often seemed impossible, Lila has grown into a sweet, slightly shy, spirited, amazing Canine Good Citizen, settling the chaos that was once our lives into something that often resembles order. I want to make sure that our continuing adventures together are documented with as much good information and lighthearted humor as possible. This blog is going to be dedicated to the daily experiences, occasional struggles, frequent joys, and intermittent sorrows of having an ex-reactive little beastie
Talk soon internet,
Big Beast

3 thoughts on “About the beast

  1. I hope to learn more about how you helped Lila to get over her reactivity! Our 17 month old Lab mix is afraid of strangers and children. We’ve had him from 8 weeks old, and this started when he was about 5-6 months old. We’ve been working with him to build his confidence but still have huge problems when people come to our house. He will get used to people, but it has to be one on one and takes some time.

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    • It was a long road and a lot of work. I don’t claim to be an expert and am very fortunate that I had a dog that made so much of a recovery, but I’d sure love to help and support others that are in a similar place in any way I can since it can feel a little isolating having a reactive dog to say the least. Love to your boy ❤


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