A while back, I read a post by Youdidwhatwithyourweiner that mentioned meetup.com, and the post mentioned using this website “to find fun activities for you and your dog”. I have no friends in the city who have dogs, and very few who are as outdoors obsessed as I am, so the idea of using a site to meet friendly people to do some doggy type things with immediately struck my fancy. I was pretty hopeful that this site would have some things to do in my area, and, wouldn’t you know it, there were!
This is how I ended up driving with Gwynn and Peanut (aka Short Sister) to a doggy daycare on a rainy Saturday afternoon. It was an Australian Shepherd Bonanza! And, luckily for us, they consider Aussie mixes like Gwynn to be acceptably Aussie to go to the party. Surrounded by beautifully coloured Aussies (They all looked like they had just won prizes at a dog-show), he still got plenty of compliments for his rocker hair and general adorableness. He is good at standing out in a crowd, that’s for sure!
Before this, I had never been to an indoor dog activity center, or doggy daycare, or anything like that. To be honest, it seems kind of silly… However, given the opportunity to let Gwynn romp around with a room full of dogs, the opportunity for me to socialize with a few people who are clearly as obsessed with their dogs as I am, and given the opportunity to NOT have to go for a long walk in the rain, I was sold on the idea of attending.
Have I mentioned on the blog that Southern Ontario has apparently developed a new season? It’s Monsoon Season! We have gotten so much rain that there is a family of ducks living in my neighbour’s pond. This pond used to be his yard, but the yard is now submerged enough that they are paddling around in the grassy water without their feet on the ground. Gwynn really really wants to meet them, and I really really plan to continue to crush that dream.
We also got a squeaky ball with feet. This ball is some kind of drug for dogs, and I’ll admit, I had some ball-envy. It seems like every dog in the creek valley had one last summer, and all of them love it, long after the squeaker has died. I wanted in on the action! Also, Gwynn actually chases it, EVERY TIME I throw it. EVERY TIME. The only disadvantage is that we had to take it away from him while inside the house, because he was well on his way to prying those feet off entirely.
Training Update: Instead of biking last night, i went to a Dance/Body Sculpt class… which translates to Alex jumps around, trying to copy what the instructor is doing, and tries to not kick anyone while gasping for breath and turning the colour of a tomato… To Music! I’m hoping that cardio things like this will help me with my cycling, so you’ll be hearing about these as well. I also went on two 1hr ish walks with the dog in the evening – before- and after- class.