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.