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Do you tie knots in your leashes? Tying knots in my leashes helps me when walking the dogs. With 2 dogs, I do a dance with both leashes most of the time. I use 6 foot leads, of a good weight, and I tie a few knots in them (usually at 3 and 5 feet marks). When I drop a lead, which sometimes I do on purpose to free my hands and pick up ‘you know what,’ and sometimes it just happens, I am able to immediately step on the leash, and because the knot is there, it is less likely to run under the arch of my foot. And there are the times that one dog is closer than the other (which happens often with 2 on the left), so I choke up to the 3 foot knot and don’t have any drag on the ground (I hate muddy leads). It makes me feel like I have a bit more control when I am walking, though I know, if I really need a leash to walk the dogs, I don’t really have any control at all. The dogs humor me though.
What mischief did you get into today?
I can’r find who is managing the link for the Monday Mischief blog hop anymore. Do you know?
Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤
Winter has finally settled in. The windchill bites through your skin like a razor. The dogs and I still go on our daily 1 miler but it is not so comfortable for the human. I tried to capture a little series of our travels. You can see that Louise and Sofie are not very good followers. It is their walk and I am just a weight on the end of the leashes. That is me in the red bacalava face mask. It really does help if you need to protect your face (though I worry that my neighbors may think I am coming to rob their houses). My gloves are so big that I keep dropping the leashes, but the dogs think that is funny. The last picture is a self portrait of the 3 of us. Well, it is just another freezing dogdaz morning at my house. ❤
I really do not want to get dressed and walk. Sofie does not mind since she likes to just be out in the yard and run around and bark and do her business but Lulu does not like that idea, she demands her walk. Getting dressed to go outside on a freezing day like today is really not fun. Winter has been very nice in the Mid-Atlantic and I have gotten spoiled not to have to wear my face mask and 27 layers of clothes. I bought Lulu a new sweater last night because I worry about her skinny little body with the single layer of hound hair (of course when I got it home I noticed it was ripped and it was the last one in her size – doesn’t it always happen that way). I am always searching for that perfect dog walking gear for me in freezing weather that won’t cost a million dollars. I have yet to find it. My gloves are never good enough. I have tried mittens but they don’t seem to do it either. I tried the ones that let your fingers come through and then have a little pocket that you can move back and forth (what a bother!). I tried liners in my gloves. I must have 20 different types of gloves in my box but none of them make me happy.
I wear this face mask thing called a Balaclava. It keeps me covered except for my eyes. When it is ridiculously cold at night, I even take off my glasses (because they feel like hot steel going into my skin). Those are the times I really have to trust the dogs to lead me. It used to be funny because I would walk blind Sqaush E Bear without my glasses in the dark and he would be my leader: Is that the blind leading the blind? LOL
And, when it is really really really bad, now don’t laugh, I wear my terrycloth bathroom, which is down to the floor, under my coat. That seems to be the only thing that really cuts the sting.
Now I love a nice snowy walk so don’t get me wrong and there is nothing like playing in the snow with a pack of dogs, but I don’t have any snow today, just wind and ice. Well, here I go…. It’s just another freezing cold windy DogDaz afternoon at my house. ❤
For my football friends: Go RAVENS!
It was a really temperate first day of the year here in the MidAtlantic. It is rare this time of year to have our days be in the 50s. The dogs and I really appreciated it, but by the time I got my act together today and got out of my pajamas to go for a walk, it started to shower on us. I just kept walking even though I did not have an umbrella. Oh well, I am not made of sugar, so I knew I would not melt and the dogs deserved their first walk of the year. I wish it was easier to walk the 2 of them, the trouble is that neither one walks easily by them self, so why would they walk nicely together. It isn’t that they pull terribly but they wonder from side to side, and when you have 2 of them, it is this dance that you have to do with the leashes. I know that I am suppose to walk them separately so that they learn to walk better, but I really do not have that much time. I walk them for 1 hour a day and if I were to separate them (which they would not like (well maybe Louise would)), then I would need to leave one home and come back after 30 minutes or take one in the morning and one in the evening (I don’t think I like that idea). We had a nice rainy walk and stayed out for about 1 1/2 today. If anyone has suggestions on walking 2 puppies at the same time, I would love to hear them. The first DogDaz of 2012.