I can’t believe how late the dogs have been letting me sleep on my days off! I also can’t believe how tired I have been. Achilles started his kissy face routine with me at around 6:30. I wasn’t ready to get up, yet. I was thinking something along the line of 7 or 7:30 being a reasonable time to get up, so I let Achilles out so he could go potty. After he came back in, I went back to sleep. Just before 8, Achilles started with kissy face, again, and I had every intention of getting up. Apparently, I fell back to sleep because at 9, kissy face, again. When I saw the clock, I pushed myself out of bed. 9 o’clock is plenty late enough to sleep, especially since I went to bed at around 11.
I have zero plans for today, other than reading my book. Well, ok. I also have plans of taking the dogs to the Field of Serenity, too. The poor kids didn’t get a walk at all, yesterday, so have tons of energy to burn off. Yes, I’m still working on figuring out my new schedule since Lance isn’t here to walk the dogs and I just can’t seem to get it sorted out and not end up home sometime after dinner, which I hate. And then there is when to write. Routine changes really throw me.
The dogs and I have been having some really great walks. Sure, there have been some that made me just not even want to try to walk with them, but, overall, they have done really great. I’ve started a new routine for their walks, too. I put them all in the Jeep and drive over to the Field of Serenity, because I know they are just too wound up and need to burn off some energy before I can even think about getting them in line for a walk. At least, for a walk that doesn’t make me want to scream.
First, we loop the field, throwing the ball. I take my time with this part. The more they burn off the better they are when we walk. When we finish the loop, I put their leads back on, and we walk back to the Jeep. I drop off the chucker and stuff, put Achilles’ backpack on (it really does help him focus), then we walk the block around the field. It’s about a 20-30 minutes walk. Then, we head back into the field. I make them sit, remove their leads, make them stay, and walk a ways into the field before I release them. I let them just wander around the field and play, sniff things, pee on this and that, adventure for about 10-15 minutes, then put them back on the leads to walk back to the Jeep and head home. So far, this has worked out beautifully. I think, today, I am going to do a second loop around the field without leads but having them walk with me instead of adventuring and instead of walking around the block. Change up the discipline part just a bit.
I started reading my Stephen King book, Different Seasons, last night. My best friend has been busy so hasn’t really had time to read and I don’t want to get too far ahead of her in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) since we are supposed to be reading it together. I think she has today off, as well, and plans on reading, so, Miss Peregrine’s will be what I’m reading today. I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the story.
Well, I’d better get on exercising the dogs. They are really energetic this morning since they didn’t have a walk or anything yesterday. Besides, I want to get home and start reading. Have a great day, Everyone!!
[ Soft Laughter ] The dogs do really enjoy their walks.
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Yes, they most certainly do! And, since they are high energy breeds, the walks and energy burns are a necessity or they get crazy! Keeps me moving too, which is great 😀