We're back from Crofton, where we had a productive week arranging new flooring, appliances, lawn services, post office box, renos, etc. I took all four dogs this time - an adventure in itself.
The dogs are not sure what's going on, but it sure didn't take long for them to set the morning exercise routine. The Princess (Belle) will not walk with Oliver, nor he with her, and so we have three morning walks. Belle first - the warm up - either to the post office and back or a few blocks around the neighbourhood. Charley and Sadie next - they walk beautifully together and briskly too, so we do a longer walk down along the seawall, up a zillion stairs, and back through the town - the cardio workout. And then the cool down - Oliver . Slow, reluctant Oliver. The first day we only got as far as the end of the drive. The next day he agreed to go a few houses along the road. By the end of the week, he was walking nearly two blocks each way and began to show some enthusiasm. The others show no lack of enthusiasm - Belle barks up a storm the second I grab the harness (though she is a turtle on the walk itself), and Charley and Sadie practically mow me right over in their attempts to get going once their collars and leashes are in place.
Suffice it to say, the week was a success. There is no doubt, however, that all four dogs were glad to return home but none more so than Oliver. He got out of the car, took a pee, and then looked around him. Suddenly it dawned on him we were home and he started bouncing and racing about and barking happily - then ran straight to the back door and barked his commanding little "LET ME IN!! NOW!!!" before I even had the key out.
Charley was also pleased to be back - she ran into the house, jumped on the couch, rolled over and wiggled deliciously, ran outside and did the same in the grass, and then back in where she jumped on my bed and went straight to sleep.
The dogs and I have many stories to share, new friends to introduce, and tons of photos to show you. Stay tuned - they shall be gradually revealed over the next few days!