I survived a hectic day yesterday. The weather was much cooler. But that didn't stop me from working up a good sweat on the hike.
Later, I introduced one of my individual walks to my dogpark
pack. At first it looked like two of my pack members wanted to
take a chunk out of the new dog - and the new dog was not willing to
back down. But I also knew they just needed to work it out.
All females. Can be tricky.
Still, the new dog seemed to trust me enough [after walking her
individually for two weeks] that she hopped right in the car.
There were a few growls from the back seat but mine overpowered them
all. Once we got to the park, my pack stuck together and played
with the new dog. Her parents were pleased to hear she actually
ran and played. She usually grazes and keeps to herself.
After that, I had two other walks. The puppy-pug is
growing up right before my eyes. I met him when he was 10 weeks
old. I've lost track but he's got to be at least 14 weeks
now. Precious. He still can't walk down a flight of
stairs. He might tumble over instead. So I have to carry
My other daily individual walk is a big 8-month-old German
Shepherd. She's never been leash-trained or socialized with other
animals because when she was rescued, she needed quite a bit of
reconstructive surgery on her hind leg. She spent 5 months of her
life in a cast, immobile. So she acts a little like a wild
animal. She's becoming more familiar with the boundaries and
commands but it's a struggle to get the walking collar on her. I
have to be completely on guard when out on a walk with her. Any
sound of a dog nearby can set her off.
The other day, someone was walking toward us with his dog
off-leash. I put my hand out like a cop and said NO. He
called his friendly dog back to him and asked if they could say
hi. Obviously my dog had no interest in saying hi. She
wanted to tear into his dog. I said, "I don't think so." He
got the hint as I struggled to keep my lunging, barking dog out of
their way so they could walk by. He thanked me for telling him.
It's been about two weeks and she's already getting better with
the collar and healing by my side on walks. But still, I'm not a
dog trainer. I'm only doing what I know and feel. She's
starting with a trainer this week. The goal is to hopefully get
her socialized so she can come to the dogpark with us every day.
I believe it's possible. She's young enough. And she's
I couldn't get anyone to cover my shift at the yoga studio and I
was feeling pretty tired. So I stopped for a cup of coffee.
Then I went home to pack a lunch/dinner. I loaded my guitar in
the trunk of my car so I could go directly to the recording studio
after work. It's been a while since I've had coffee so I was
wired! It got me through the night but not without the jitters.
We recorded two of the three songs we practiced. And we
had a lot of fun. The guys want to practice more and maybe play a
few open mic nights so we can get our timing down together. Hey,
sounds great to me. I know I can't afford to hire them for a
gig. They just like to play. They're really doing me a huge
favor by recording with me. They're in the groove together.
I'm learning how to play with them.
I didn't get to bed till midnight. I woke up at 3:00 this
morning with chills, feeling queasy and achy. I was wondering how
I would get through my day. Coincidentally, my morning
hike/client is finished as of this morning. I knew it was a
temporary thing. They were very happy with me and my service but
it's time for him to be reintroduced to his original pack. It's
bittersweet because I adore the dog and I've been enjoying the
hikes. But I'm also thrilled that he's doing well and being taken
care of. He's so loved. This is how all dogs should be
I'm still not feeling well and even though the hike is canceled,
I still have to find the energy to go to the dogpark and then do three
individual walks. I have a feeling it's going to be a long
day. I'm already starting late. And I tend to move slower
when I'm sick.
Pictures to come - no time to upload right now.