Last week at the end of agility class, Barley took a misstep going up the A-frame and face planted. She quickly corrected herself and got over the top and went over the next two jumps to finish the course and then came running up for her treat.
She was fine. Taking a misstep isn't that uncommon for her. Often, she's distracted by other dogs or people moving in the class, especially at the end of class when she can hear the door opening as the next class comes in the building. She's also generally a klutzy dog--she can't help it, she gets it from her mama.
But she's also been tripping on walks lately. Again, not uncommon. Sometimes when her lyme disease flares up, she gets a little trippy. Sometimes when she's paying attention to squirrels instead of the sidewalk, she'll miss an uneven spot in the pavement. Sometimes when it's hot, she just gets tired really quickly and that's my cue that we need to head home.
This week, we took things a little slower than usual.
|Barley hates resting.|
The weather helped with that, too. For a couple days, it seemed like every time we left the house to walk it started raining. Diva Dog doesn't walk in the rain and pulls me back towards home any time the skies open up.
By the end of the week, Barley was walking more normally, so we started increasing our mileage just a little bit. The weather helped with that, too.
|I'd rather be home with my towel.|
|This was 10 a.m. at the end of May. What?!|
The cold had really reappeared and Barley was thrilled. We kept the walk slow, stayed in our neighborhood where there were few inclines to deal with, and ended up getting in exactly 3 miles in one walk. Barley even felt good enough to do a little jumping at the park at the end of the street.
I'm not entirely sure what was going on with my girl this week. Maybe it was the lyme disease. Maybe it was the radical shifts in weather. Maybe she picked up something unpleasant while splashing in the lake. Maybe she was just tired after a few big weeks in a row. Whatever it was, she is back to her normal, only slightly klutzy self now.
This week was a good reminder to listen to my dog when she tells me that she's done walking. Seven of our 13 walks this week were under 2 miles and two of those 7 were under a mile. We might not have earned a lot of extra miles towards our goal this week, but keeping my girl healthy and safe is even more important than meeting our goals.