diaries, Thanksgiving edition: y’all, we made a mistake. We brought Dottie, our reactive, sensitive cuddle monster to visit her grandpawrents for a week and it was TOO MUCH. There were extra humans and strange noises and she was Not Okay. Mama tried all of her management strategies — toys, positive reinforcement, quiet time, boundaries, exercise — and Dot was a (borderline dangerous) powder keg. A few lessons from this week: treat your training gains with CONSERVATIVE optimism, don’t overestimate tolerance, have a backup plan for your sensitive dog in stressful times. You wouldn’t believe it from this photo with @ and @, but Dot wasn’t herself this week. To all our reactive dog followers and friends, we see and hear you. We love her always, but there will always be tough days and weeks. Hold your monsters close.