We had a rare social day yesterday. Met up with a friend and his dog at the lake. Only to find our usual swimming spot was fenced off. So we took the dogs to the nearby dog park where it was very busy. There must have been at least 20 dogs there when we arrived. Banjo was ok, though still not keen to just join in. She had a little run with a couple of dogs and at least didn't seem as overwhelmed as she did the first time I took her to a dog park. But my friend's dog freaked out and ran back to the gate at the first opportunity.
Then we went to a bbq. They organised a drum circle - which took on a hippy flavour, so it was quite serious and solemn. And Banjo ended up sitting on this guy's lap for most of the time. It was a hilarious sight. Apart from her licking, she was pretty good with all the people there. I had to tell her off a few time for trying to lick the only person there who didn't seem to like dogs. And she did manage to lick the toddler a couple of times, but they were very gentle licks, not the usual almost headbutts that used to get her into trouble. And after some instruction from me, she stayed away from the little human.
Then I made a terrible mistake. I had to go to dinner at a friend's afterwards. I don't normally take my dog there because of her cat, so I don't know what I was thinking walking in with Banjo on the lead. My friend freaked out and told me to leave the dog out the front. Which I did. But no one checked if the side gate was closed so next thing in runs Banjo and up the tree goes the cat. Then my friend tells me he had been chased up a tree before and they had to rescue him because he wouldn't get down. She also tells me he seems unusually bad at getting off high structures and has injured his paws before doing so. Oh boy.
I brought Banjo to a nearby friend's place, which I should've done in the first place (we were half an hour's drive from home). When I came back the cat was still up the tree. I apologised profusely for my brain dead moment. But the cat remained up the tree.
Thank F he did finally come down while we were having dinner a couple of hours later.