We've learned a lot from so many different people. We've been cheered on during our yearly resolution challenges. We've celebrated each other's victories and supported each other through failures. It seems like we're losing an integral part of our weekly routine.
But it also seems fitting that as Barley and I are starting our new chapter of fitness routines in our new home that this chapter of our fitness lives is ending.
Some things in our fitness routine will stay the same. We'll still go to agility class every week. Barley's grandma got to come to class with us for the first time and see how well Barley does in a class setting. This consistency at the same time every week helps Barley stay sane. She's a creature of habit and thrives on seeing the same people and dogs at the same time in the same place.
We'll still take regular walks. But those walks are in a different place now with new sights and sounds and smells. There are new dogs to watch for. There are new spots to stop for photos. We're quickly learning where to cross the street to avoid e-fences, which streets to avoid to stay away from loose dogs, which houses leave cat food out on the sidewalk. And we're loving the ability to take sunset walks every night.
|We can walk down and look at the coal conveyor.|
|We can visit a Hulett, which was used to unload freighters in the Harbor.|
We'll still do noseworks, but now we have a whole new environment to practice with. On Easter, I made sure to set up an egg hunt for Barley in the new yard. I figured there was no need to hide the fact that a crazy dog lady has moved into the neighborhood from my new neighbors, but I can only imagine what they thought when they saw me setting up an egg hunt and then I brought a dog out into the yard!
The more consistent our fitness routine gets, the more relaxed Barley is getting in her new home. She's still not completely comfortable, but as they say, a tired dog is a good dog and she's getting into less and less mischief each day.
We'll miss the FitDog Friday family, but we'll still have plenty of FitDog stories to share--they just might not show up only on Fridays anymore. Thank you to our hosts--SlimDoggy, To Dog With Love, and My GBGV Life--for helping us find motivation to stay fit, especially To Dog With Love because we first found FitDog Friday when Rocco was teaching us "paws up" and we might not have survived that winter without practicing that trick!