This week started out strong. We had a great weekend with a beautiful walk along the lake. Far out from shore, there was still some ice on the lake, but for the most part the skies and the lake were bright blue.
A few weeks ago, the "theater" down by the campground was covered in ice and snow. Now, there are just a few puddles. Barley thought it was the perfect day for a movie, but I had to explain that it was still in the 40s, so I wasn't layered enough to sit still for that long. We did get in some nice sit-stay practice since we had the whole park almost all to ourselves.
The snowmobile trails were also wonderfully clear. We'd never walked on them before because usually they are totally overgrown during the spring and summer and Barley probably wouldn't handle seeing a snowmobile well in the winter, but I figured the likelihood of us encountering a snowmobile was pretty low. We found this cool old knobby tree along one of the trails.
We also had an excellent Easter walk at the Arboretum. I thought we might have a chance to see some flowers and we could embrace my inner Dickinson by connecting with God through nature.
We did find a few flowers, but the highlights were Barley's smiles on our walk. We also took a few "tree hugging" photos for the #HugATreeForHolden campaign that's going on right now. They're using the hashtag to collect photos for their Earth Day display, so we showed several trees our love during our walk. We are so lucky to have the Arboretum close by!
After our strong start, though, the rest of the week was a little tougher. On Tuesday, a thunderstorm came during agility class--combine the thunder with Barley's newest
frenemy classmate and I had a neurotic pup on my hands by the end of class, so we skipped our normal post-agility walk. On Wednesday, we had to squeeze in walks between rainstorms. Then yesterday, I came down with the 24-hour stomach bug my coworkers have been so generously passing around the last two weeks. I was able to get in a short walk after a long nap and a couple nauzene tablets. If you'd asked me on Sunday, I was sure this was going to be our first 30+ mile week of the year, but the universe thought differently and we ended with 25.06 miles this week.
I was feeling a little discouraged (even though I know that's an excellent number--I just had higher hopes for this week) until I woke up and saw that our wonderful FitDog Friday hosts, SlimDoggy, To Dog With Love, and My GBGV Life, awarded us with the 2015 FitDog Friday Mileage Award. Reaching our goals is easier when we've got such a great support system cheering us on.
To see all of the award winner, visit their posts from today and be sure to check out all of the awesome blogs participating in today's Blog Hop.