I just finished walking the 3-mile loop in honor of Kiera’s second year on the other side. I still miss her every single day. And I still deeply appreciate every single day that I got to share with her.
Some beings just leave that kind of permanent imprint on you… Like an invisible tattoo that marks you, but only you can see.
Kiera would have immensely enjoyed today’s walk–not just because it was a beautiful sunny day– but because everything is blanketed in a powdery new snow from yet another snowfall last night. She would have spent most of the walk leaping into and out of snowbanks with a burst of butt-tucking runs in between. I would have been laughing the whole way.
When Kiera, my Austrialian Shepherd, was young, Andrew and I would take turns every day taking her for a run. Not each of us every other day. Every day, twice a day at least, we’d take her for a 3-mile run. I’d have the morning shift and he’d take the evening shift. That barely took the edge off her need to run. My legs don’t want to run 3 miles everyday anymore. So if I were ever to get another Australian Shepherd, I’d seriously think about getting her started with something like a dog powered scooter. While there are models out there that I don’t think are safe for dogs, Mark Schuette shared his latest builds with me, and I’m really liking them. Check them out in action in this CNN report.
I don’t usually go in for New Year’s resolutions. I figure each new day is another chance to get it right. Whatever the “it” is.
But when I saw this video, it humorously sums up the gist of a major change I’d like to make from here on. I don’t know about you, but I’m kinda burnt out on mobile everything 24/7. Yep, I have to agree, there is no replacement for holding and reading a real book-book.
Cait’s boyfriend’s family is a case in point. They just got a little Bichon Frise. He’s cute as a button and the only problem he will face is potential love overload. They just got him, and I just got the first phone call of many on training questions.
Which means, of course, that it’s time for another primer on house-training.
5 Rules For How to House Train Your Puppy
First Rule of Puppy House Training
DO NOT PUNISH ACCIDENTS. Unless you want to teach your puppy to hide when he has to go.