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Reluctant dog...

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Once again Cooper did not want to walk. I think I carried him about 2 out of 3 miles that we walked this morning. When he did walk he dawdled along. So we walked 3.2 miles this morning in 77 minutes. To put it in perspective, when I went out for my run I did the same distance in 34 minutes, and I didn't even run the whole distance. I really don't know what his problem is. We were in the habit of walking 10+ miles daily, and now I can't get him to walk all the way around the block without him lying in the grass and giving me the big, sad puppy eyes. I even had to pull him out of bed this morning at 11, because he was still lounging and didn't want to get up.

My brother, Jeremy, and I went out on the Wednesday night group paddle down on the Chadakoin tonight. We saw Great Blue Herons and Osprey. Jeremy recently got certified as a kayak instructor, so he was studying my stroke tonight, and he said I collapse my paddler's box too much. I tried to focus on proper form, but it is hard to do when paddling slowly to stay with the group. When I get into a cadence and use proper form I tend to go pretty fast, considering I paddle a 12 foot boat.

I did some more research for my trip with my niece next summer and it is looking good. I will make reservations for our sea kayaking tour off Vancouver Island sometime next week. I am pretty stoked to get out there and paddle in the wilderness. I have paddled in urban areas and some in rural areas, and I prefer the rural areas, so wilderness paddling should be right up my alley. Jeremy wants to go with us on the tour, but with his job situation still up in the air, he won't know if he can afford it until he hears whether or not he has a new job for next school year. He is supposed to find out after the 10th.

Tomorrow is a rest day for me... so no run, short walks with the dog, and a family dinner at 4pm to celebrate my oldest brother's birthday (and mine too). My birthday isn't until the 10th and his is the 15th, but the Fourth is the only day the whole family could get together. My SIL is in an accelerated nursing degree program and the next three weekends she has some kind of clinical work she has to do for school. That means that once again I won't be doing anything special on my actual birthday. I usually get kind of blue on my birthday if I am not distracted. No reason for it, I just do. Here's hoping I keep an upbeat mood this year.
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    Could it be that Cooper is nervous about walking after his attack?
    I do think I would talk to the vet about the way he is behaving to make sure there isn't something else going on with him.
    I hope he feels better soon.

    The kayaking sounds like great fun.
    1207 days ago
    Sorry Cooper is not bouncing back. Silly question but could he have Lyme disease? Sounds like the symptoms. Just a guess.

    1208 days ago
    Poor Coop - maybe he's still having flashbacks. Happy Birthday next week! emoticon
    My birthday is the 27 th of Nov, my sister's is the 24th, & we have a cousin born on the 21st. Used to have family reunions for Thanksgiving - big dinners, lots of pies, and one shared cake emoticon
    1208 days ago
    healing hugs coming Cooper's way = talk to the vet again and make sure there isn't anything physical holding him back, then add in large doses of love and patience. Has he been back paddling with you since the attack?
    1208 days ago
    Have a great day!
    1208 days ago
    Is it hot ?My dog is reluctant to walk in the heat and prefers air conditioned comfort.
    1208 days ago
    Sounds like you have a nice 4th planned. And I was going to ask the same thing about Cooper. Maybe it's too soon for so much walking? How is he doing overall? It could also be a mental thing w/ him, he could be afraid of something happening again. I know when Lyric got attacked she was very leery about walking once she had healed up well. I hope all is well w/ him. He's so cute! I still hate it all happened.
    1208 days ago
    What did the vet say about your dog? Maybe he is still in some pain when he walks??? Could it be that he tore some muscles or something and is still healing?
    1208 days ago
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