Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Little Engine That Could(n't)

Right now, it's 8:30 PM CST. Outside it's a balmy 84 degrees and who knows what the humidity is but it's up there.  We just got back from a 30 minute walk. I'm hot. Hubby's hot. At my feet are three medium sized steam engines.

Aibhne, in particular, sounds like she's going to pass out. When we first got back, she headed for the water bowl, laid down and took a desultory drink between what can only be described as gasps for air. Poor baby. She's out of shape. Maybe there's something to the vet's insistence that she lose 8 pounds. 

Last time we took her on a half hour walk (which was also her first half hour walk), she panted non-stop for almost an hour. Looks like she's going to do the same thing this time.

If she didn't spend the first ten minutes of the walk trying to do her best sled-dog-starting-up-a-hill imitation, maybe she wouldn't be so completely wiped out come the last 10 minutes. Must work on the concept of heel.

Rowan and Myrddin got to try out their leash splitter for the first time in..wait, how old is Myrddin?..oh, two years. Last time, Rowan charged out the door dragging the far more timid and quite a bit smaller Myrddin out the door. I don't believe Myrddin's feet ever actually hit the ground that time. He bounced along behind Rowan like a flag until his collar popped off. This time, they were much more evenly suited - both of them charged out the door pulling me (not quite like a flag) behind them. Once Myrddin calmed down and decided he didn't need to whine and yip from excitement, they did okay. Bounced off of each other a time or two like bumper cars, but overall, it was a success.

Of course, it meant that Rowan couldn't check his p-mail. Darn.

It was my first 30 minute walk in almost a week and I can tell the difference.  The heat is really the problem. It makes me queasy and a bit woozy if I'm not careful.

When we were in the Great Omaha Blizzard of 2009 (otherwise known as our Christmas vacation), we thought that Aibhne might make a good sled dog. Seems that I am not the first person to think about hooking up their Lab to a sled.  Enjoy.

(BTW, we're at the half hour mark and she's still panting. Her butt is up against a cabinet and is making a drawer pull rattle. Clink. Clink. Clinkclinkclinkclink. Pause. Clinkclinkclink. Ahh. Quiet. She's left for a drink and to pass out on the kitchen floor. Second coolest place in the house.)

Ah, the joy of owning dogs.


Raven said...

I don't have dogs cuz my apartment won't allow them, but I'd like to move to a townhouse someday so I can have one. For now we have cats. Not the same, I know, but I like them.

LeftLeaningLady said...

I couldn't live without my babydog, Lola!

And I have started running, because the weight loss is just not happening with walking and bike riding. Everything hurts today.

Captain Dumbass said...

That is awesome. I'm borrowing my neighbours dog next time we get snow.

Nance said...

That cooled me right off!

And where were you when I was trying to think of names for my kids?

True Blue Texan said...

Ahh, the names. I know they're a bit on the unusual side. As you might gather from them, we have a bit of a fascination with things Celtic. Rowan is red, so his name was easy. I'm forget how we ended up with Myrddin (which we mispronounce as Meer-din)or Aibhne (which we pronounce correctly as Ev-knee). Mostly, we just used the internet. There are tons of baby name/Celtic name sites out there.

I use the internet for EVERYTHING.