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Monday Mischief: Mommy Time

The only one that wants to walk these days is Louise. We go out in the early morning when it is ‘cooler’ (78 degrees by 7 AM). She is one of those dogs that must be walked so I watch the temperature and I make sure to walk before it hits 80. She is loving this alone time with me.

Sofie refuses to go outside: thinking that there are fireworks or thunder or it’s too hot. And when I say refuses, imagine a donkey sitting on its behind refusing to move.

I am not stubborn. I just want to do things my way!

Charles, well he doesn’t like to get up before noon, so the idea of walking to him in the morning is just ridiculous.

It is way to early to get up. Come back later.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on July 13, 2020 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Knots


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 ❤


Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Dogs


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6.26.12 The Walking Bond

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Walks are a really important thing at our house.  Not only because they provide much needed exercise for me and the dogs, but because of the solace and peace they provide us.  My daily dog walks give me an opportunity to focus just on them, as well as be alone with my thoughts.  I work a very hectic schedule, so my time with the dogs is sacred.  I work 10 to 12 hours or more almost every week day and many weekends.  This does not leave a lot of time for me to be with the animals or my other humans.  I make sure to carve the 1 mile dog walk every morning out of my schedule.  This is how we all stay in balance. When I don’t do that the dogs and I both go crazy.  Rain or shine.  Many days Mojo and his humans joins us for our walk, those days are a little more social than reflective, but that is nice too.  The walking bond is very special between me and the girls.  Louise is the kind of dog that really needs her walk daily.  She likes to run around in the yard, but she looks forward to the walk with me and saves her ‘personal business’ for that endeavor.  When I am not around, it is really hard for her.  Sofie just comes along for the ride.  She enjoys the sniffing and exploring, but I am not sure she would miss it that much if she did not have it for a while.  Taking time to reflect, smell the flowers, and commune with my animals, keeps me whole.  Do you have a special routine with your fuzzy?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Dogs


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1.26.12 6:45: Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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. ❤


Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Dogs


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1.15.12 13:05: Don’t make me go out there!!

Colin Ross Jack: Dogwalk Snow Scene

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.

Snowball Smile

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!


Posted by on January 15, 2012 in Dogs


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1.1.12 18:32

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.


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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Dogs


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