So I went to the pet store to get a jacket for Banjo as she has been snuggling so close at night that she nearly pushes me out of bed. I had to take her in because I didn't know what size to get.
I only once before tried to take her into that store and had to just go straight out again because she got so overexcited I could barely control her.
No different today. But I had to persist. When we walked through the door there was a cat about a metre into the shop. The resident ridgeback was standing a bit further away. Banjo whined and jumped at the end of the short lead I had put her on. Took all my strength to keep hold of her. At first my LAT efforts were futile. Treats just dropped out of her mouth and I could not get her to focus on me. I did manage to get her to sit though thanks to the martingale collar.
But eventually I started to be able to get through to her and she became calmer and more manageable - though still very wide-eyed and excitable. She let the shop assistant put the coat on her without trying to head butt or even lick him (though she did head butt him earlier when he bent down to pat her). She nuzzled all the treats within reach, licked the smoked bones (wrapped in plastic fortunately) and when I asked "Do you like this toy" and squeaked it she ripped it off the hook, so I bought it for her. I also gave her a cow's hoof which she proudly carried to the counter herself.
It is silly how much I enjoyed our shopping trip together.