Barley is a good excuse to take a break. After every few portfolios, we take a break and practice noseworks or take a walk. So, we've gotten in 24.74 miles in the last week and three of them have been out of the neighborhood.
|So happy to get to visit her deer friends after agility class.|
|We love sunset walks by the river.|
|We also got a sunset walk by the lake this week!|
|Such a happy prancing puppy.|
|All smiles to be on a weekday adventure.|
|Barley's checking out the new 'do.|
Barley is exhausting--physically, emotionally, and financially--so sometimes I forget to take time for pampering myself.
|This is what happens if I take my eyes off my dog for two seconds.|
It's taken a long time, but I've finally realized that one of the most important parts of taking care of Barley is taking time for myself. She's my best bud and I love spending 99% of my time with her. But I need that little bit of time for me. If I don't get that, I have a harder time staying calm and focused to keep her calm and focused. So, I'm totally looking forward to dropping Barley and Soth off with their grandparents and running away for my mini-college reunion so that I can come back feeling refreshed and ready to spend the rest of the summer adventuring with my dog.
There's one set of final portfolios left to grade before I am officially on summer vacation--and now that the windows are open and I can hear the birds chirping, I feel like summer might actually really be on its way! Bring on the two months of reading, hiking, and napping! I'm ready for a little down time--Barley and I are looking forward to a summer of being physically fit and mentally fit.
(On a completely unrelated note: last night, Bar and I were practicing noseworks last night with closed boxes. Barley wasn't focusing--I think she was freaked out because it was actually warm in the apartment yesterday--and Soth came over and started rubbing on the box the treat was under. He has a much clearer alert than Barley, so I'm thinking he might need to come to class instead!)