Fall is trying to make up its mind about whether it's here to stay or not. We had a couple days in the high 70s/low 80s this week, but we've also had several dreary days in the 60s and it was down to 57 degrees and drizzling by the time I got home from work yesterday.
Conveniently, I was dying for a nap and a cold drizzle gave me a good excuse for curling up with the pets and not feeling guilty for not taking advantage of getting home before 1:00 and having lots of time for an afternoon walk. Barley hates the rain, so she was more than happy to get toweled off after going out to potty and then hopping into bed.
This week was kind of disappointing in terms of our mileage. We only logged 20.46 miles since last Friday. There were a few reasons we didn't quite meet our 3 miles/day goal.
We got off to a good start, but on Tuesday we only had time for a short walk before agility class because I had to stay at work a little later for a meeting, but I wasn't concerned since we usually get a couple miles in after class. This week, though, there were only three of us in class instead of our usual 5 dogs, so we got a lot of work in. Barley was worn out for the first time maybe ever, so I decided we should just go home instead of getting a walk in. I didn't want to overwork her.
On Wednesday, by the time I got home, the sky was grey and getting darker by the minute. As I've mentioned, Barley hates thunderstorms, so if there's a high chance of storms we try not to leave house. My phone said storms weren't expected for another hour or so, so I wanted to make sure we at least got a short walk in. We stuck close to home and only got about 1.5 miles in; shortly after we got home, the skies opened up.
After two days of short walks, it was hard to find the motivation to walk yesterday. I knew that it wasn't supposed to keep raining all day, but it was still just dreary. I was afraid that I'd be tempted to cut our walk short again if we stuck to our neighborhood, so we got in the car and headed to the lake, which is always beautiful in it's greyness.
We got in 3.75 miles despite the blustery afternoon. It was nice to have the park pretty much to ourselves--with the exception of a few runners, we didn't see other people and there were no other dogs to worry about, so we got to have a nice relaxed walk where Barley could venture to the end of her leash and sniff around as much as she wanted. Unfortunately, the cooler weather energizes Barley, which I always forget after the summer wears her out, and she tends to get more energy the more cool, fresh air she gets. She spent the rest of the night bouncing off the walls!
Soth has also gotten in some fitness fun this week. The cooler weather seems to give him a little more energy, too, so he's been happily rolling around with his toys and tearing around the house and then diving into a paper bag. He wants to be sure he keeps his figure so that he can fit in his new shoe box.
Last night, he really got a workout as he engaged in a little moth-ercise. When I took Barley out for one last potty break, a moth flew inside. It was in Soth's sights in no time. It landed on our mirror and Soth was mesmerized by it.
|Then I caught him in mid-yawn and got this delightful shot.|
|He was all pulled back and ready to pounce and his fur was poofed out so he looked big and intimidating.|
We have gotten a late start on our Friday adventures--it is another cool, grey day, so I decided to have a lazy start and make some pancakes for breakfast while the temperatures rose a little higher. It's only 58 degrees still, but we're going to head out to enjoy some fall air shortly--and maybe pick up a pumpkin spice latte since I don't think I've ever actually tried one!