Sunday, 25 January 2009

25 MILES IN ONE WEEK




I worked out that from last Sunday to this, I have walked 25 miles!!! Not all of it with Trixie though, as she is under doctors orders for small gentle walks whilst her sprain gets better. This has meant that she has a mere four walks a day, amounting to 2 miles a day. So I did a 5 mile walk on Wednesday with friends. And yesterday with my good friend Trousers, we walked almost 10!

We went round Fernilee reservoir, it was 4 miles. It was a beautiful day and we weren't tired, so it seemed perfectly sane to walk around the other reservoir next to it, Eerwood is almost 6 miles. The two together supply a great deal of the drinking water in Manchester. It had seemed such a good idea eating our lunch in the sunshine to do the other 6!!!!

After we'd done, Trousers came back to meet Miss Trix. She is utterly devoted to Alex and I, but doesn't rate strangers too highly as yet. So we've evolved a way to get them in the same room as her, at which point she barks in a fairly half hearted way so as to make a point, whilst being held my me or Al. Then when she's finished and is calm we let her go to whomever is in the room. The secret though is not to look her in the eye..... Something Trousers learnt, cause she barks ballistically then.

But considering she has only been here a week she is doing amazingly well. I even took her for a drive in my car.... a two seater convertible, she was fine. We went for a walk and on getting back in the car and being told not to step on my seat with her muddy paws she didn't.

Now when we open the front door she stands by my car awaiting her next trip out! The only problem I had with her in the car, was my arm resting on the centre console so as I can change gear, she decided to rest her head on my arm.... made for interesting driving!

She also finds ironing fascinating and insists on sitting directly under the ironing board whilst the clothes hang down around her......

And as for rain.... she's a wuss. I mean she's a big tough Alsatian. And if rain starts, she about turns and starts trying to do a very fast run home with me flying behind her hanging on to the lead!!!

She let Alex share her bed the other night, by moving over for him to lie beside her. And she defiantly knows how to tell me she wants to go out, by sitting in front of me and offering me each front paw in turn till I get the message.

It has to be said that I'd cleared my diary this week for her, and I have had a really fun week with her. And as for getting fit.... if my bum muscles get any better my backside will be mistaken for a 16 yr olds!

And right now she is lying behind me snoring louder than I do!!!

Other than that today I have been training for a new job, which I'm very fired up about, and no doubt some of you will hear about in due course in the UK.

I've no more pics of Trix at the moment, but here's some of yesterdays walk instead.

23 comments:

Ronjazz said...

That Trixie is proving to be a pretty good buddy...

Pam said...

Glad you are having such a good time with dear Trixie. Your photos are great Byrd...and your award is waiting. Thanks for pointing out the technicalities. It was on the end of the post originally as well as the side-bar.To think you and my bloggie mates were accepting gracefully empty-handed!

justme said...

They are lovely pics.......and the walks sound great. Somewhere along the line I lost my love of walking. Maybe i need to borrow a dog!

Dark Side said...

Lovely pics as ever!....

Trixie sounds like she is settling in just fine with her new family...have I said before I do love alsations...xx

Lady in red said...

It sounds as though life is good with you right now I am pleased for you.

LiR

trousers said...

Thanks for a fantastic day, it was excellent all round!

A warning to anyone else who might meet Trix - as Fire Byrd mentions, the secret is not to look her in the eye: but she's such a lovely doggie, it's almost impossible not to!

Mel said...

Awwwwwww....lovely photos. And what a lovely way to spend the week.

Now I'm excited to hear about the new doings on the career front.
New puppy.
New career opportunity.
New buns of steel......LOL

You GO girl!

Prince NaKi said...

nice pics i wish i could go there..

Coachdad said...

Congrats on the week of walking. I love your pics!

Barbara Martin said...

Walking is such great exercise and you're doing wonderfully.

From your comment left on Pam's blog about the award, if you hover your cursor over the award then right click to save it to a temporary folder, you will be able to then place it onto your sidebar.

cheekydani said...

Wow how gorgeous... I love walking too (even own walking boots - now that's something for a fashionista!). Thinking I'm missing out by living in London though I actually walk here more than any other place I've ever lived - but it was miserable and rainy yesterday (okay and I had icky period cramps!) so I cancelled my walk...

Anyway Trix seems to be a lovely adidition to the fam :)

x

Lori ann said...

Beautiful photos Byrd! I can see exactly why you'd do this walk! 25 miles is alot of walking, good for you!
enjoy Trixie!
xx

karen said...

i love the image of Trix with her head on your arm, and under the ironing board... she is absolutely gorgeous! x

Val said...

yes karen me tooo awww. FB -Trixie seems to be settling in fine with you - so great. and that walk! beautiful beautiful. and well done on the distances :-)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

The pix are gorgeous and Trixie sounds like an absolute delight. There is no better companion than a smart dog! You've been blessed - and so has she!

Barbara said...

Trixie sounds like she has the smarts of my dog Jake -- a lab-golden mix. He quickly figured out that I don't move the way I did before my accident and stays with me constantly as I move around the house. I love most dogs, and yours looks equally lovable!

swallowtail said...

The dog is melting my heart! You are both going to, already are, have such a good life together! And imagine! You will both have "buns of steel!" Congratulations!

miss*R said...

good to hear that Trixie is settling in so well.. with all that love bein showered upon her, no wonder it is easy for her to do.. so now you can be known to me as Pix and Trix... or is that Pixie and Trixie ;) xoxo

i know, I know, I owe you that email but I am slack with it at the moment :( - but I think of you often xoxo

anya said...

You made Trixie come alive in this post with all her little quirks and new habits. I adore her already. And you...25 miles in a week?! That's excellent.

Casdok said...

Wonderful photos and Trixie sounds wonderful too!

Trixie said...

Gawd...every time read 'Trixie' I think you are talking about me! lol!

Stop rubbing it in about your tight arse...you are making me jealous!

Fire Byrd said...

Miss Trix and I thank you for all your lovely comments, one of us ( if she stops barking long enough!) will cover you in big licks and the other will give big hugs.... you can work out which of us will do what on your own!!!
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Walker said...

I love walking and 25 miles is a nice piece over a short period of days.
I think the dog needs some training or an 20 pound stone to drag along when you walk her