DonkeysPauly started coming with me to Green Chimneys about three weeks ago. This meant tons of new exposures (think guinea hens, horses, camels, cows, kids, cafeterias). Of particular concern, at least to Pauly, was the dreaded donkeys. On his first day of school, as we were arriving at our classroom which happens to be situated adjacent to the donkeys' home, the donkeys welcomed us with a loud and excited "yee haw". If you've never heard a donkey up close and personal, they are rather loud. Poor Pauly heard this, took one look at the evil beasts, and hit the ground hard. He sprawled on his belly, tail tucked tightly beneath him, ears flattened against his head, and convulsed from the tip of his tail to the tip of his nose. In the two years I have known this dog, I have never seen him so afraid. In the three weeks since that encounter, Pauly and I have made a point of saying good morning and good night to the donkeys every single day. It helps if we bring a more donkey-friendly canine companion to reassure him. As you can see, we've made great progress. We can now be in donkey vicinity, with our backs turned to them, while simultaneously not cowering under mom. Admittedly, the donkeys have been quiet for us and I'm not too confident Pauly would do so well if they vocalized. The funniest part? In the middle of my class, if we hear the donkeys, all of my students turn and say to Pauly "Quick! Hide! They're coming to get you!". Poor Paulus.
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