It was a big weekend for Shyla even though she's still "resting" to try to heal her limp.
Yesterday, we finally set up a meeting between my nephews and Shyla. We orchestrated it very carefully. We met at a trail, and I asked the family to walk ahead of me and Shyla. We caught up from behind (the least threatening way for an underconfident dog to meet people), and the boys didn't pay any attention to Shyla whatsoever.
After we'd been walking behind the boys comfortably for a while, I asked each boy to hold his hand down with the palm pointed toward Shyla while we all walked. Then, I asked Shyla to "touch" their hands, and she did! She seemed very curious about them and only mildly worried. By the end of the walk, Shyla seemed happy to be around the boys.
I have to say that this incredibly successful meeting was largely due to how beautifully the two boys handled interacting with Shyla. They were very careful not to look directly at her and not to be too boisterous. Thanks to their amazing help, I think that Shyla took a huge step toward being happy around children yesterday!!!!
To end our weekend, we saw an incredible sunset over our local ski area.