We Were Both Panting!

Not EVEN 10 yards out!

Not EVEN 10 yards out!

Today is one of our first really nice Spring days.  It’s in the low 70’s here and how could I NOT take the dog for a walk?  My usual excuse is that it is too cold.  Well, not today!  Toto can obviously read minds because she was shadowing me ever since I got home from visiting the nursing home.  Finally, I gave up and got out the harness and leash.

Looking for interesting prey.

Looking for interesting prey.

She made her first detour before we ever made it out of our front yard.  I managed to drag her past our neighbor who has a lawn/gardening fetish (think Better Homes and Gardens) and then she put her little four feet down and took a stand at the next power pole.  Now, I don’t let her do any “business” on people’s yards but I will let her sniff along the curbs occasionally just to break up our walk.  We also have one area where I DO let her sniff to her heart’s content – the common area around a power relay station.  I figure it is full of all sorts of tantalizing scents.

Made it to the Relay Station

Made it to the Relay Station

We made it to the corner (about a three-house distance) where she had her next sniffing stop.  You might notice two things here.  First of all, our ground is DRY.  In fact, our county is under a drought watch which is pretty unbelievable considering that it is April and Spring is typically one of the wettest seasons of the year.  We just have not had the snowfalls this year and haven’t had much rain to speak of either.  The second thing you might notice is that her leash is only hooked to one of the tabs on her harness.  Yup!  I didn’t notice that until we got home.  I kept wondering why her harness was listing to one side and that was the reason why.  Well, in my defense, when a dog is running circles around you when you are trying to harness her up, it can be easy to get distracted.

Back to the relay station

Back to the relay station

We made a full circle around the immediate neighborhood and made one last stop at the relay station, in case she hadn’t gotten her fill of sniffing previously.  Frankly, she was panting pretty good and it didn’t take long for her to lose interest and indicate that she was ready to head up the final hill.

You want me to WHAT?

You want me to WHAT?

Back at the house, I tried to get her to go and sit next to some lovely daffodils that are blooming along the side of our house.  I thought it would be a nice photo opportunity.

That's IT, Mom!

That’s IT, Mom!

Toto gave me a “look” and then sat down right where she was.  She wasn’t going to move another inch until I was headed toward the front door.  Well, I could understand that.  I was ready to collapse myself.  We shuffled into the house and she made a beeline for the water dish, trailing her leash behind her.  Now she’s snoozing on the couch and I’m going to head for the recliner and my knitting.  I DON’T think I’ll be turning on the fireplace today.

 

 

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