Friday, July 18, 2014

Adventures with Lindsey

Barley and I have continued our routine of staying close to home lately. Last week actually got a little bit warm. Most of the parks near us are actually 30+ minutes away and since I'm not a morning person, unless there's something really special going on I prefer to sleep a little longer and walk closer to home than adventure on warm days. In addition to the heat, my sister came to visit and we had some non-dog-friendly adventures planned, too, so our walks had to be fit in to the free time we had.

We started out last weekend with our trip to see the circus elephants get a bath. Then Linds and I ventured into Cleveland two days in a row for a concert and an Indians game. It was strange to be adventuring without my pup--pretty much the only time I've left the house without her all summer has been to go to the grocery store and for a couple quick lunches with co-workers. It was definitely good for both of us, though, because in a month I'll be back to work, so Barley needed a little reminder of how to be on her own.

Such a fun concert! Can you spot my Garmin GPS watch tan line?


There's nothing like a sunny afternoon in right field!

I had no idea Mickey was a Tribe fan.

Linds and I didn't adventure without Barley the entire weekend, though. My sister's a runner and is working on a training plan for her next half marathon and she made a goal to run in 5 different states this year, so she had to get in a run while she was here. Barley and I took her up to the State Park and we took a nice walk while Linds got in her miles.

Last summer, we discovered one of the gems of the Geneva-on-the-Lake strip, Madsen Donuts. We were planning to walk up to Madsen Donuts and then take the donuts back to the lake to eat them with a nice view, but a rain storm was blowing in, so we walked to the donuts as fast as we could and then took them back home.

Poor Barley wouldn't be so smiley if she knew there weren't donuts for her.

These donuts are heavenly. If you are ever in our neck of the woods, definitely get some! The icing on the sprinkle donuts is magical and cloud-like.

Luckily for Bar, I'd made blueberry dog biscuits for her!

The rain didn't stick around for long, so after breakfast we took Linds out to the Harpersfield Covered Bridge for another short walk. Barley and I don't go there a lot because the trail isn't very long and she doesn't like to get wet, but it's a really pretty park. The walk started out a little more stressful than planned because there was some sort of dog event with games and prizes and a ton of dogs, so Barley was on edge--but we went in the opposite direction of the dogs and she forgot about them pretty quickly.



Barley loves posing with Aunt L!

My sister was only here for a few days, but Barley and I were both worn out from all of the adventuring, so we've kept things pretty low key the rest of the week and have kept our daily walks pretty close to the 3-miles per day we need for our goal.

Soth seems to really miss having his aunt around. He spent most of the afternoon after she left sleeping on the bed in the spare room. He's also been dealing with another outbreak of his FLUTD, which seems to happen every time we have company. It's not clear yet if it's because of the stress of having an extra person in his space or if he's stressed that the extra person left.

When will Aunt L come back to snuggle me?

So, I've also been spending a lot of time this week cleaning the carpet since he doesn't want to use his litter box. He's also been wandering around crying because he can't get comfortable. Luckily, if I can get him onto the down blanket on the bed, he will settle down for a little while. I don't want to jinx things, but it seems like he's almost through with this bout of FLUTD, so hopefully he'll be back to his normal cranky self soon.


It looks like there will be thunderstorms for the next several days, so we'll probably continue to stick close to home for the foreseeable future. Barley and I hope everyone else has been able to get some fun adventures in so we can live vicariously through your posts on this FitDog Friday!

7/11-7/17 mileage: 26.84 miles
Total Goal Mileage: 570.79 miles




11 comments:

  1. Looks like you had some great adventures! Sister visits are always fun! Hope that Soth feels better. Happy FitDog Friday!
    Diane and Rocco

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    1. Sister visits are the best! (Unless my brother is reading this. Then sister visits and brother visits are equal!) Soth is feeling much better now--we just have to let the FLUTD run its course and make sure his symptoms don't get worse, and usually after 5 days or so, he's back to normal :) Thanks for the get well wishes!

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  2. Excellent adventures. We love that covered bridge - so cool looking. THanks for joining the Hop and keep it up with your mileage - doing great!

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    1. We love the covered bridge, too! It's really pretty in the fall when the leaves change colors. We just wish there was a better walk there!

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  3. Great mileage for the week! I am amazed that you were able to keep your 3 miles a day goal even with company. You should have no problem reaching your goal.

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    1. Luckily my sister is really active, so it doesn't take any work to convince her to come along for the walk :)

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  4. What a bunch of fun adventures! A crowd of dogs can be problematical--Sage shies away from them too. Great work on the mileage goal!

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    1. Barking is one of Barley's triggers. After a lot of work, she's gotten much better, but she still gets very anxious and if we're around crowds of other dogs for too long she stops listening to me, so we were happy we could escape in the other direction.

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  5. Sounds like you had a fun visit with your sister. Mr. N gets more exercise than normal when we have out of town visitors because we take him sightseeing with us.

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    1. Barley does a lot of sightseeing with us, too! She got left at home far more than usual this visit since we had the concert and the ball game on the schedule, but we love taking our visitors to our favorite spots to visit!

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  6. Oh poor kitty. Hope he is feeling better. Sure looks like you packed a lot into your time with your sis. The donuts look yummy!

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