Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hit the Road

I have started walking Katie in my neighborhood. There is a nice loop that blocks around to a distance of about 0.7 miles. It works perfectly because I can do it at night. Even though I leave work at 3 PM, there are just not enough daylight hours to accomplish what I want to with Reagan, Riley, AND Katie.My biggest concern is her nails. She moves funny and wears them down.So far, so good. Some of her nails are already worn down to tiny nubs, but none have started bleeding from the walks. Hopefully the quicks have adjusted and receded some.When it is possible, I do walk Katie off the road. This house is a foreclosure and is unoccupied. Katie and I serpentine across the lawn up and down the hill.Sometimes we even see some wildlife. I saw a possum last night and some chickens today.A registered sex offender use to live here. I never worried because kids were his thing. He was old and has probably died by now. Thank goodness for the kids next door. I always wondered if they knew.I carry a big stick just in case. It is my Loose-Dog-Club. I am happy that I have never had to use it.Sometimes Stephen and I talk about moving to a nicer neighborhood, but it seems hardly worth doubling our mortgage payment. I'd much rather spend money on a nice van and agility equipment.

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Love the first picture! She looks ready to go for her walk. :) That is one thing I miss about living in a neighborhood....nice places to walk. Wish we could do that here, but we have hardly any shoulder to our road and the speed limit is 45MPH. :(

IHateToast said...

katie can milk the look.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

A 45 mph speed limit means everyone is probably driving 60 mph. :-( I guess I should be thankful for that.

Toast, can you believe that Snookums called that face belligerent yesterday? :-)

Jen said...

Katie has such a BEAUTIFUL face! Love her!

I have a sex offender living a few blocks away too... little boys are his thing... egads. People can be so creepy!

Jen

Granted Wishes Greyhounds said...

Just curious: Do you condition your greys for agility?

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I do try to condition them in other ways. I don't think doing a zillion weave poles or A-frames is good for long-term soundness so I train them and then I use fetching, free running, hiking, jogging, occasionally swimming, and biking (hopefully soon) to provide additional exercise.

I would not want my answer to discourage someone from trying agility. Its fun, its great exercise. I want to be really competitive, so I do put as much as I can into it.

I do wish I could encourage the lure coursing folks to do more conditioning though. I really don't think a lot of those dogs (greyhounds especially) are conditioned for coursing.

Snobound said...

Its all about priorities! :-D