The weather is starting to get hot again now…summer is coming to Australia! In the last few months, my human, Hsin-Yi, had been able to take me for my daily walk in the middle of the day (eg. 11am or 2pm) because it was winter and the weather was nice & cool, even in the daytime. And it was so lovely because very few people would be about and we’d have the whole park to ourselves!
But now we have to start walking later in the afternoon/evening – or first thing in the morning. My humans believe it’s very important for doggies to get an outing every day, so they always organise their schedule to make sure that they fit my walk in, no matter how busy they get (well, unless someone is sickie or some special thing is happening, like moving home! )
They think this is one of the most important, basic commitments if you want to have a doggie and there should be no excuses (of course, some humans have special sickies or other special circumstances but that’s different). It’s like humans having a shower every day – you just find the time to do it, right? It doesn’t have to be a long walk – but there should just be A walk, just to get out of the house, stretch our legs and have a change of scene (or if you have a really big garden, then at least some kind of fun game in the garden).
People are always asking my humans how they keep me in such good condition for my age – well, we think one of the reasons is taking me out every day. It’s much healthier for doggies to have little bits of regular, daily exercise than to do nothing for days and then try to make up for it by having Huge Binge Hikes or Crazy Marathon Plays every so often. That’s how you get injuries and ouchies easily and it doesn’t keep your heart as healthy. (Doctors say the same thing for humans too). Plus it doesn’t help our behaviour either ‘coz doggies who don’t get out regularly get Crazy Hyper when they DO finally get a walk or play – and then it’s really hard for our humans to control our behaviour & teach us manners. It’s like setting us up to fail.
So yeah – although they usually do my walk in the afternoon, if Hsin-Yi knows that she has to go out in the afternoon/evening, she’ll make sure that she makes time to take me for my walk in the morning – even if this means that she’ll have to do more work later at night (or if Paul gets home earlier, then he takes me for a really late walk in the dark).
Well, yesterday Hsin-Yi had to go to a writer’s meeting in the evening…so we went for an early morning walk before breakfast. Look how sunny it was already at 8am!
It was the first time that I had had a proper, off-leash run in a park since my Scary Glaucoma Sickie & Hospital Stay last week – we have been doing mostly leash walks until now – ooh, it was good to stretch my legs!
* Note from Hsin-Yi: Honey behaved pretty much as normal – except that she “lost” me three times, which was really interesting. Usually, she keeps within a certain radius around us, of her own accord, and is always checking where we are…and if she pauses to sniff something, she has no trouble finding us and catching up again…in fact, I do sometimes play the “hide & seek” game with her – but I have to really wait until she is preoccupied, to hide and even if I’m hiding in a bush, she can usually find me quite quickly.
But yesterday, she seemed to keep having trouble finding me, even without me hiding! She would pause to sniff something – then look up and suddenly seem to “panic” and start running around in circles, frantically looking for me – even though I was standing not that far away and calling & calling her name – took her a while to find me. It probably didn’t help that I was standing still – dogs find movement much easier to detect. That was really the first time I noticed her “struggling” with the loss of her sight. I guess we’ll just have to make sure we always stay close to her from now on and to keep calling to her all the time and moving around a bit, so that she can see & find us more easily.
I found a lovely stinky patch of grass and had a good roll too…ahh, I’ve missed that!
And I had a good search for possums in the trees!
Then Hsin-Yi saw a bench that was a good height so she propped the camera machine up on it and we did a self-timer picture of the 2 of us sitting together!
But the exciting morning wasn’t over yet…Guess what I found when we got home?
A parcel from France! For me & Muesli!! It was from my blog friends, Echo & Link the French Huskies. They said they wanted to send us something to say thank you for me & Hsin-Yi helping them with clicker training & inspiring them with my blog. Echo & Link are both rescue doggies and they have been stressy about some things – and the clicker training has really helped them feel calmer and also bond with their humans. Oh, we’re really glad we could help in any way. You really didn’t have to send anything – but it was so sweet of you to! Merci beaucoup, Echo! Merci beaucoup, Link! You know how much I love parcels…
…especially OPENING them! Ha-hah!!
Ooh! Look what was inside! The most gorgeous little Pink Lamb Stuffie!
And a cute Star Stuffie too…
Muesli came over to see what the fuss was all about. Hmm…I didn’t like way she was eyeing my new stuffies, though…GO AWAY, Muesli! They’re mine!!
Anyway, Echo & Link were so nice – they’d sent something for Muesli too! Two cute little mouse toys with a little bobble ball on the end of their elastic tails…
…Muesli LOVED them! Well, um, look…she went a bit crazy playing with them…
But that’s not all! Echo & Link had also got Muesli a beautiful new collar! Isn’t it gorgeous?
Oh, but there was still more in the box! Echo & Link had got Hsin-Yi a present too. It was a really cool treat bag and they put a note with it saying it was for Hsin-Yi to use when doing trainings with me. Well! Echo & Link have obviously forgotten what a big doggie I am – Hee! Hee! Who needs Hsin-Yi?…I can wear it myself!
I can do tricks by myself…and give treats to myself too! Ha! Ha!
Oh, thank you so much, Echo & Link for sending so many wonderful presents!! C’est tellement gentil et généreux!
PS 1. Favour for the ‘Big Honey Dog book’?
You know that Hsin-Yi is trying to write a children’s book starring ME? Well, she’s still working on Chapter 1 and she’s got this idea for a character but she’s not sure if she’s right…so she was wondering if she could ask the opinion of any human pups who might be reading my blog? If any of you have human pups aged about 8 ~12 or you spend a lot of time with human pups that age – and you don’t mind volunteering – could you please leave a comment to let us know? Then Hsin-Yi can email you her question. Thank you! (you don’t have to write your email publicly in the comment itself – we can find it through the blogging software)
PS 2. Sorry!
We’re even MORE behind now with visiting blog friends and responding to messages! We had just started to catch up a bit after Hsin-Yi got back from Taiwan and then things got so crazy last week with my Glaucoma Sickie & Michelle’s visit and stuff…so now we’re even more behind than before. But Hsin-Yi says she’s going to spend a lot of this weekend helping me catch up – so I’m so sorry if you haven’t heard from me for a while – but we’ll be coming round soon!