Since I moved to the frozen north 3.5 years ago, I accepted that snow and cold is part of my life. I rarely play the southern cold and have never missed a day of work because of snow (although I did show up late for office hours on the day I had to embrace my inner MacGyver to figure out how to open my car doors that were frozen shut during my first winner). Some days, I even think I like snow.
This week, though, Mother Nature and I are on the verge of war.
Temperatures haven't been very far into the double digits since Monday. The "feels like" temperatures have been in the negatives. That means Barley and I haven't had a real walk since Monday. On Tuesday, at least we had agility, but the lack of walking was already taking it's toll. She decided she would rather just run laps around the gym on her turn than actually listen to me. I'm thankful that she got to stretch her legs, but it would have been nice if she could have done that by doing the things I asked her to do.
Wednesday morning, we pretended we were hibernating until it was time for my afternoon class.
|Soth picks strange places to hibernate.|
|Warm and snuggly.|
I even ordered her an IQ treat ball from Amazon. It's the best $11 I've spent on Amazon (and that's saying something for someone who's a book addict). I think it breaks her brain. She'll pick it up and drop it, bash it into walls, nudge it from one end of the apartment to the other until she passes out beside it and wakes up and starts all over again.
Today, I broke down and took her for a "walk." If we go to the short end of the street and back, we've gone half a mile and still made it back inside in less than 10 minutes, which I figure is more exercise than she gets (and definitely more than I get) when we go out on the long lead in the backyard.
We logged a mile (1000 is feeling very far away at this point) today.
|I can totally make up our missed miles in April, right?|
|The sun didn't do much good at 11:30 this morning.|
|Things were not more pleasant by 4:30.|
How do you keep your dog happy and healthy when it's too cold to be outside?