08 May 2014

Morning Walks

Mornings have started to become quite a nice little time for the dogs and I. Stella usually wakes up early with Nic and then has recently started to sleep in (let me clarify that sleep in is until roughly 7 am) and then the three of us are up and at it.

When Stella started getting to a decently bigger size her and I had some major issues with walking. I'm not going to beat around the bush, the dog is stronger than me and she knows it. Walks were miserable and I was 100% positive that given time and the right condition (a cat running, someones dog, etc) she was going to pull out my shoulder and then we were going to have a really big scene on our hands. We tried a prong collar for an hour and a half class and I teared up because I felt SO bad. . and then we decided to try the gentle leader. OH MY GOODNESS. It is AMAZING. I had heard great things about it but didn't want to give it a try because it looked like a muzzle and I didn't believe it would work. But we were wrong. She'll still pull like the dickens when she's out of it, but, when she's in it we can go on long peaceful walks together.

The two weeks I spent at home forced Nic to take the two girls on walks together by himself. I had tried to do it when we first moved her, but it was too stressful. Eevah is 8 pounds and I never found any need to train her to walk so the little hot dog just pulls until her hearts content. Which is normally fine but then Stella thinks it's ok and we're all falling back down that zero control rabbit hole. Nic managed to figure something out though because now the three of us are able to take long morning walks together.

One of the main things I love about San Diego is the bike path. We live two blocks away from one of the entrances and during the week it's the perfect place to walk the girls. A "two lane" path you're able to just stay on your side and look at your surroundings. Since spring has officially sprung (actually, I suppose we're almost into summer now) we've been seeing at least two bunnies every morning. And daisies has popped up everywhere making for some wonderful attempts at pictures of the two.

If you haven't gone out for a walk in some time, I completely recommend it. It's nice to put your phone on silent and just take in your surroundings with your furry best friends at your side.

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