At the end of March, we were a little behind schedule. We walked 95+ miles during the month of April, which is 35+ more miles than we did last April. After adding in 2 miles we squeezed in between rain showers yesterday, we're at 26% of our goal for the year--so still a little behind schedule, but if we can have another month like April this month, things will definitely be looking up!
|Here's the summary of our April walks.|
I was worried that we would have a set-back after the run-in with the off-leash dog. We spent the weekend after it happened going on fun adventures outside of the neighborhood, including a 6.2 mile walk (our longest walk in the time I've had my Garmin watch) at the Arboretum together.
It was finally warm enough that I felt good about letting Barley get a little bit wet (and the stairs down to the boardwalk weren't icy any more, so I was brave enough to tackle them).
|Running away from the water. I guess she forgot she hates to get her toes wet.|
Barley also posed to be part of the Arboretum's #hugatreeforholden program.
A few flowers were finally starting to make an appearance, so we made sure to get photographic evidence that spring came, if only for a few days.
Since our last post, we also did an Easter Egg hunt--our noseworks class had joked about it with our trainer since we didn't have class on Easter Sunday, but since my aunt had sent me a basket with four plastic eggs inside, I thought why not? Since we only had four eggs, I had to keep refilling and hiding--but it was a fun twist on our noseworks practice that made Bar use her nose and her brain.
She quickly discovered that if she brought the eggs to the patio and dropped them they'd open up and she could have her snack.
Some eggs were harder to find than others. The one on the chair was near a lot of other scents--a citronella candle, the bowl full of treats I was refilling the eggs with, and the empty eggs--so it took her ages to find that one, even though she was practically on top of it many, many times.
We also got to take advantage of just sitting outside and relaxing to get some fresh air and sunshine.
|Soth got to enjoy some fresh air, too.|
For some reason, probably the herding instinct and desire to protect her flock, Barley doesn't know how to relax outside. Unlike my parents' sweet girl, who likes to watch over her yard in a calm and relaxed way, Barley's always on alert. I can get her to chill out for a little bit if I give her some sort of chew treat, but as soon as it's gone, she's back pacing and watching for anything that might come into the yard.
|When she looks like she doesn't have ears, she's anxious--who knows why she's leaning, though. I, on the other hand, was totally relaxed with the Pirates on the radio and a beer in my hand.|
|Are you sure you don't want to patrol the yard with me, Mom?|
|I hear that Jack Russell. Can I please go out and growl at him?|
After all of our fresh air and sometimes sunshine last month, we're feeling especially fit (and happy!) on this FitDog Friday. Next week is final exam week, so as soon as I get all of my grades submitted, I'm officially free to adventure with my pup for the next several months! We're looking forward to revisiting some parks we haven't seen since the fall and finding some new ones and we can't wait to hear what adventures everyone else has planned now that warmer weather has officially arrived.