Friday, February 22, 2008

1 mile and an arm workout

That is what I am calling it and you can't tell me different!!

Dan says I have delusions of grandure. I just laugh and say no, I was crazy!

So here is how it went, time to walk to school. Can't leave the boston terrier I am puppy sitting home alone because he chews things up. Plus another friend dropped off her Westie for the weekend cause she, her hubby, and my hubby are off to California Speedway to do something or other for the race this weekend. And the Boston thinks he needs to show his dominance to the Westie. So I told the girls to put leashes on the dogs and we could walk them over there, and it wouldn't be too hard for me to walk them back. I can just strap the leashes to the stroller and away we go. Unfortunately if Roman sees a leash he needs to go too.

SO Katie walked the Boston, I walked Roman and Laura walked the Westie. Of course Laura doesn't understand that SHE IS STRONGER THAN THE WESTIE! And so she went barreling off with the dog down the sidewalk. Roman is yelping every time I give even a gentle tug on his collar. He wears a pinch collar rather than a choke chain. It pinches when you pull it too hard. I wasn't pulling, though, he was. Katie offered to walk him instead since he is used to her walking him. So we swap dogs and I have one attached to the side of the stroller. Goes smoothly.

Get to the school and I have to take the dogs back home. I take the Westie from Laura and attach his leash to the other side of the stroller. Then I take Roman. Kids begin to walk away, dogs start pulling the stroller after them. What a perfect pair of sled dogs these 2 woulda made. But I put the brake on. Let the girls get across and try to start walking away. Dogs step on dogs, dogs under stroller. Major mess! So I move the 2 little dogs onto one side, cinch up Romans leash so he is walking just at my hip. Try again. Little dogs are twisting up leashes trying to walk further from the stroller than the other. Stop again and cinch up leashes.

Once we made it to the corner before my house they were all walking very nicely so I decided that we should keep going. Bu the next stop sign they were still going well, but the sky was getting black. By the time I got back around to the corner in front again of my house my shoulders were beginning to burn with the strain of bracing myself against the tugging that happened every time they saw or heard another dog along the walk as well as the constant tree watering. So much for drinking my tea while I walked.

But now they are all sitting happily on the floor with a rawhide chew. Not trying to dominate anyone else, not racing circles around my kitchen. I could happily have 3 dogs if they were all like this!

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