Friday, February 6, 2015

Crazy Pants

I realized that I didn't post our January update on our total mileage last week even though it was the last Friday in January. In January 2014, we hadn't gotten into the habit of daily walking yet--if it was really cold or I was really tired, we'd take a day off--and we totaled 49.05 miles. This year, our January mileage was 72.96 miles, so we're off to a great start towards our goal this year.

Despite our great start, it's still a drastic decrease from the 3-mile/day average we ended 2014 with. After over a foot of snow got dumped on us Sunday night, we lost some more of our routes, so we only logged 13.63 miles this week--but we're celebrating that because yesterday, it didn't get above 12 degrees and with Barley's boots we made it 1.23 miles!

These are the weather conditions from our actual walk.

Barley might have new boots in her wardrobe, but her favorite winter wardrobe accessory to wear are her crazy pants. Like The Emperor's New Clothes, these crazy pants are invisible.

I'm not wearing any pants, Mom!

To the trained eye, though, the crazy pants are painfully obvious. Sometimes, she wears them to walk.  She gets into a zone of her own and even if I have the best treats in the world, she isn't interested in heeling and she wants to tug on her leash. She wants to climb on every snow mountain that the plow has created in our parking lot.



The crazy pants have inspired Barley to become a cheater at some of her favorite games: she realized that if she put her treat ball into a box that it was less work to get treats than if she has to follow it around the whole apartment.


Barley's worn her crazy pants to agility every week this entire session. She gets the zoomies at the drop of a hat--she starts off running the course and then just gets so excited that she can't stop running. 

My favorite moment, though, was when we were training the broad jump this week. Barley's seen the broad jump a few times--usually she doesn't get to excited about jumps of any kind, she'll do them, but she much prefers the dog walk, tunnels, and weaves and she lives for the teeter. For some reason, this week, Barley was all about the broad jump. She was so excited that she couldn't even sit. Her ears were perked and she just crouched and you could see every muscle just twitching with anticipation. As soon as I unclipped her leash, she was flying through the air. Every time our turn came up again, she got more and more excited. Our trainer looked at her, laughed, and said, "Barley looks like she's just heard about a party and she can't get there fast enough." That describes Barley's philosophy on life better than I ever could have done myself.

I might be wearing crazy pants, but at least I'm not wearing that silly hood, Mom!

The crazy pants have made life more fun and exciting these last few weeks--and I'm so very glad that we have agility class with understanding classmates and a trainer that find the crazy pants adorable rather than annoying and time-consuming--but we're very much looking forward to spring: the crazy shorts are much easier to handle.

Who wants spring? Snow makes the whole world my playground.



18 comments:

  1. You are right...Barley has been bitten by the same bug that bit us, only Mom says we have wild pants! Fun, fun, fun!

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    1. Yes! I think the foot of snow went straight to Barley's brain because she's been extra silly this week! It is fun, isn't it? :)

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  2. Invisible crazy pants...love it. I think it has something to do with being cooped up inside for too long in the winter!

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    1. Yes, the cabin fever is definitely setting in for both of us. Luckily, I'm a little better at containing the crazy in public than Barley is (at least I think I am).

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  3. Hopefully the crazy pants are because Barley senses Spring in the air. That would be nice wouldn't it? Sounds like you two are keeping busy and being productive.

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    1. I wouldn't mind at all if the craziness was a sign of spring on its way! I'm not holding my breath, though, because Barley's a snow dog, through and through.

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  4. I laughed out loud when you mentioned the crazy pants & the crazy shorts! How awesome that you take agility classes :-)

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    1. Barley's always wearing a little bit of crazy! Agility class gives us a guaranteed hour a week that we can get out of the house and burn off some energy, so it's one thing that's saving my life right now ;)

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  5. Kilo gets the crazy pants any time a cat or squirrel is around. lol

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    1. Haha! Barley occasionally puts on the crazy pants for a squirrel, especially when it starts getting warm and the squirrels are still kind of slow and sleepy from the cold and don't move out of the sidewalk quickly enough.

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  6. Mr. N gets crazy too! I then call Sage's human and we arrange to take the dogs out for a run and they can use all that restless energy on EACH OTHER.

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    1. I love that Mr. N and Sage have enough other. If we didn't have agility for Barley to be able to run and jump and play, one of us wouldn't make it to spring.

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  7. Great job getting out there when so cool, I hate the cold. And Barley you are a smarty pants with your treat toy! Good job!

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    1. Haha--some say smart, some say lazy, but I couldn't help but laugh when I saw her pick up her treat ball, put it in the box, and start pushing it around in there. Goofy dog ;)

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  8. Hahaha, she wouldn't be the dog we know and love without those crazy pants! :-)

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    1. Haha. Her crazy pants are one of her defining features ;)

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  9. I love an excited dog. We used to attend a Saturday drop in for agility that had the absolute best crowd of owners and dogs We would laugh so hard at ourselves and the dogs. It was so fun.

    We don't walk nearly as far as you, but we are getting out and enjoying the cold and snow.

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    1. Agility is so much more fun when you have fun classmates. We've got a great mix of personalities--Barley is the wild child--and we have the best time cheering each other on and laughing at the weird things our dogs do :) Glad you're getting out and enjoying the cold and snow, too!

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