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Monday, 4 December 2017

Old dog

Daisy: she's not as young as she used to be (well, none of us are, but this is about four-paws).

Last Thursday we had a total of seven walks during the day -  Little Madam really prefers to do her toilet outside the garden, and it is so easy to pop round the corner to a safe, grassy area with barely a need for the lead.  None of the walks were more than half a mile - each lasts about 15 minutes and provides plenty of sniffing opportunities.  Then there was the manic game of rugby on crisp and frozen grass after she'd run around in frenzied circles doing "greyhound impersonations" with the sheer delight of finding the ground all iced up!  The tally of her day was at least 3 miles and about two hours of exercise and she was a HUGELY happy dog.



I'm rubbish at this selfie lark, Daisy is much better 😊







On Friday, in addition to the toilet & sniffing breaks, in the afternoon I took her out for what used to be one of our regular walks - along the riverbank, across a field, and then back home on a quiet country road.  A couple of miles and just under an hour.  There are no photos but it is fair to say she wasn't a terribly happy camper and clearly happy to be home and back in her bed. 



The difference between the two days?  Chalk and cheese and it is a pattern we have noticed before.   Our Little Miss Perfect is now an old dog even if we do not know exactly what her age is, and "little & often" is definitely her preferred modus operandi.








12 comments:

  1. Oh, I am with Daisy at the moment - with one thing and several others, regular short walks are far more enjoyable than the all day yomp like we used to do!

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    1. Thanks Kate. I am dreadfully behind with what is happening in your world at present .... but love and huggles to you and Moss.

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  2. Getting older isn't much fun whether you have four legs or two :( It sounds like Daisy much prefers the 'little and often' way of going out so if it works for her and keeps her happy that's all that matters. And what a clever girl she is to take such a great selfie :)

    Yesterday, before I left Ireland to come home, I took the family dog Trixie for a four-and-a-half mile walk - she's only a young dog but not used to walking long distances so she was totally whacked out when we got back :)

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    1. Poor Trixie - if I got taken out for an unexpected 4.5 mile walk at present I too would be whacked out, am woefully out of condition!

      As for Daisy, poor girl is also going deaf, and we don't think her eyesight is as sharp as it used to be.

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  3. Daisy is looking as photogenic as ever. I like her style. Nice walks, whatever their length, followed by a sleep by the fire sounds perfect. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, nice walk, doze in front of the woodburner - most humans would be equally happy with such treatment!

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  4. I'll admit to shorter walks in some weather, ie: wind & rain or searing heat. Beautiful just warm Spring or Autumn days is when longer walking is OK. Well done Daisy on taking a selfie, something I've never done. Take care.

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    1. I still want to do the long walks Susan, but we're no longer convinced it is fair on Daisy. However, there are days when she clearly wants to be outside and 'busy' so don't write her off just yet :)

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  5. Goodness...Heidi is definitely a once a day walker...She refuses to budge after one outing! x

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    1. Oh, poor Heidi! Does it make a difference if there is water involved?

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  6. Annie gets taken on one decent walk per day, she then becomes a sofa-loafer for the rest of the day. If little and often suits Daisy then Daisy knows best :)

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    1. When our dogs have been younger Eileen, we've always gone for one good walk a day, like you, but as they age we find that more short walks suit better.

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