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