Thursday, April 14, 2011
I guess we are past the honeymoon period. For the first several days, Kahlua (our 8 month old shepherd-labrador mix rescue dog) didn't chew up a thing. But now she needs a new Easy Walk harness as she bit hers in two. She demolished a dog toy rope-ball combo thing, she ate the insides out of hubby's shoes, dragged 3 Barbie dolls into the yard although I don't think they are any worse the wear, and took one unexplained bite out of a couch. Well, we are in this for the long haul.
She goes to the vet on Friday and we look forward to a health report. I don't know whether to be concerned or not. I've never had a dog that was such a dainty eater. It takes her a couple hours to finish a meal. She takes a bite and walks away and comes back in a while. I'm used to dogs that guzzle their food. May be she is just extra smart about food. Who knows?
She does not start obedience classes until May, even though I wish it were this week. She is strong and is hard to walk on a leash. The great thing, though, is my hubby is walking her morning and evening. He was not getting any exercise except yard work, so I think this is just great! He says it gives his arms a better workout than his legs because she tugs so much. This morning I did a long run without her, but then I came back and ran her a quarter mile. She does have a perfect record so far on the housebreaking. No accidents to date!!
Actually, this morning I ran 6.2 miles -- a 10K -- in 55 minutes. I don't think I timed it wrong. I think I really did that. I'm amazed. It was less than 70 degrees and not very humid this morning, so just perfect for running. It really felt good running on the Fort Frasier Trail. I walked there from my house, so I had a good 15 minute warm up and cool down. I ran all the way to Bartow Ford from Highland City Trailhead. It seems funny to run someplace that you have driven to over and over again.
I think I'll go try out the Lakeland Runner's Club meeting this evening. I just might learn something about my new hobby!