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We didn't post on time because my girl wasn't feeling so well, but yesterday, we went to a service dog group. My girl has been trying to network with other service dog teams and groups, etc since she started training me, but has not had much luck. We came across this group for our state that we were so excited to check out. We went to their meetup at a restaurant and it was not at all what it sounded like. Some of the dogs jumped at me and I did not want to be there! It did not seem to be as open and welcoming as it sounded and my girl got so anxious. She was put in the spotlight and was questioned, and after a short time, she started to have a panic attack. I helped by pushing my nose into her hand, and her sister and sister's partner talked to the waiters and got us a seat change. They were so kind and accommodating. When we got up, my girl and I hurried outside because her panic attack was coming on strong. She sat on the curb and cried and shook. I stood still and strong and let her bury her face on my back while I nosed her hand. Her sister came out and sat by her until she was ready to go back in. Because of me, she was able to. She still was anxious and embarrassed, but we went to a coffee and book shop where she did a little training with me and started to feel okay. I was very good and stayed calm and we'll behaved because I new my girl was fragile. When we got home, we went on a hike. Even though we got out of the red zone, my girl was anxious and had episodes of panic the rest of the night. She is feeling hopeless about networking and is afraid to try again, because that was such a flop. I wish she would feel better and I'm trying to keep her chin up.
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