A thing I've been noticing, in the back of my brain, is that as Elka has gotten older, she's gotten less interested in greeting people when she's on leash. She'll go in for a greeting (which is typically a crotch sniff. Sigh.) and then she'll stand by me, or between myself and the person, or off to the side, thinking her Doberman thoughts. She'll respond to me calling her name, or giving her a cue, but the other person? No amount of clapping and name calling and sweet talk elicited so much as an ear twitch from Miss Elka on our most recent trip to work. They might as well have not existed.
Arguably, with chicken and cheddar in the treat bag, I had an advantage. But even if I wasn't giving her food, she was at least giving me a check in. I mean, I took her to the park first, but she wasn't acting exhausted. Just...aloof. Arguably, this is a Doberman characteristic. They are people oriented, yes, but when it comes to their particular people. Not anybody who comes down the sidewalk. And apparently not everybody they're introduced to. And while it was kind of funny (in an "I hope my new boss doesn't take this personally" kind of way), it got me thinking.
I guess my little girl has grown up?