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Learning to Love the Great Outdoors

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I have never been a huge outdoors person. I have never been one to drive somewhere to hike or play in the park. The reason for this is two fold.

1. When I was young, I was very heavy so hiking for me was very difficult. Also, my parents were never ones for "outdoorsy" types of things to do. We took lots of vacations, but they were usually out of the country and site seeing. Hiking/ camping etc was not on their list of "to dos". Eating at the best restaurants in the world were always on the list.

2. I have never had a dog that I could take to socialize. When I had my first dog Chelsea, we lived on the parkway and just ran her down there to walk her so it didn't seem like we were hiking or anything. That was after I lost my weight the first time. So, I probably didn't consider it hiking. Then, we moved to our current house and I started having kids and I was employed as a teacher full time so we didn't hike or go to parks then.

When we got Sydney, after Chelsea crossed the rainbow bridge, she had been beaten and starved and was terrified of people. We tried to take her to a dog park once and she nearly had a stroke. She hated the car, was scared to death of people so parks and her were a no no.

For us, Summer is a truly unique dog. She loves to go every where. My daughter and I are trying to get in the habit of taking her to the "off leash" dog exercise area of a park we found not too far from us every day. Summer loves it. She gets to run with other dogs and Sarah and I play frisbee or we walk. Summer gets in the kind of exercise she needs and I get in the exercise I need. I'm grateful that Summer never wanders too far. She always keeps us in her sites. The area is very big so I have started to use it like a track to walk. I am hoping to do this every morning. It tires out Summer for the afternoon so I can get work done and it gets me going in the morning and my exercise done.

Tonight we start manners class for Summer. That should be another unique experience.

On a side note, the cats are starting to adjust. All seems to go well in neutral territory. This may sound bad, but I think, the best thing we did was getting Summer while Syd was still with us. It forced us to introduce Summer to the house slowly as we were always concerned about Syd. Now, Summer has the run of the house and the adjustment period is over.

I only wish I had the same amount of energy as she does :)
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    Reading your blog made me lonesome for a dog. Glad everything is working out so well.
    1755 days ago
    Glad all is working out with Summer and she is making you work out emoticon She sounds like a great dog! emoticon
    1756 days ago
    You introduced Summer to your house and she introduced you to the great outdoors!!!!
    1756 days ago
    I am so happy that you have summer to love and care for.
    1756 days ago
    Such a great blog filled with great news!!! Here's hoping 'manners' are learned LOL yeah, with a black lab?

    I'm still too scared to really trust Chrissy too much... but have noticed she really senses my stress (and every emotion in the book, actually) and when we're out and about, if I am worried or scared that she might react - she seems to... but if I'm talking to someone and not watching and worrying, she does just fine.

    So yeah, I'm the one who needs classes :)

    1756 days ago
    Good for you! So glad that Summer is working out so well. I think that she is definitely the dog for your family at this stage! How neat that she loves to socialize and visit with the other dogs. We have always had dogs who love company too. Our current dog jumps in Matt's work truck every time we open the door. She also loves to ride on the golf cart, you can't start it up without her jumping on! emoticon
    1756 days ago
    Outstanding blog. It is just so wonderful when things work out. I am so happy for you. Keep up the great work! My boy has an issue with joggers. He sees one and think he should be jogging right along.
    1756 days ago
    good for all of you!! HUGS and sounds like Summer is a spark dog! LOL

    1756 days ago
  • GLC2009
    i was sad to read you lost your dog. she was so cute in the pic on your other blog. glad you have another one. that's how it always has worked for us, when one gets older, we end up bringing in a young one to the family. usually their youth and energy revitalizes the elder and i think it adds years and quality to their life. emoticon
    1756 days ago
    I don't like to walk unless I have a reason. Getting a destination for my walking has really helped me. Soundslike it helps you too.
    1756 days ago
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