I let Gracie drag her leash around the yard this morning. Hanna scared up the Heron. When Gracie made a move toward the beach, I said; “Gracie Careful” and she stopped in her tracks, turned around and came to me. So, later this morning, I figured I could let her off the leash completely. Wrong! She chased a squirrel into the woods. I chased her. Not one of my more brilliant ideas. There’s barbed wire and all sorts of nasty stuff in that tall grass. I must have gotten into some sort of weed that I reacted to. My legs got all bubbly and itched like crazy. Gracie does not come when she’s called. We’ve GOT to work on that! But, when I got close to her, she did sit on command. We’ve been working on that. Once I got the dogs in the house, I stood in the tub and scrubbed my legs, then applied Vani-Cream mixed with Benadryl. I put on a fresh skirt and shoes just in case there was sap or something on what I had been wearing. I seem to have suffered no long term ill effects! I have ordered a long cable and a whistle. I will be working with Gracie on coming when she’s called! The woods are going to be an issue. The Trainer and I discussed adding a few more flags as well as working with Gracie on a leash in that area. I’ve got my own car back! We had dinner with John and Diane at Spasso.