Well, let’s hope it’s not a dog eat dog world — not literally, that is. Today I’m Thinking Out Loud about dogs, again.
Last week’s TOLT was a hint
I talked about adopting an older dog last week — would you do it? Why wouldn’t you? I knew I was meeting an older dog for a possible adoption that coming weekend.
What I didn’t know was that by today said dog would be just outside the office, chilling on the chaise lounge in our family room, usurping Lola’s place. Don’t worry, Lola’s chilling on the bed. Hopefully at some point they’re feel comfortable enough to lay together, but if not, there is no shortage of pet beds in this house.
Are all male dogs similar?
I’m guessing not, and we’ve only had two male dogs, and just a couple of days with Bandit, after all. But . . .
Bandit stalks Lola when she’s getting ready to do her business just like Chester used to. She was used to it with Chester, although sometimes his attention caused her to stop, but it’s also kind of clear that Bandit’s attention is making her a bit nervous.
Bandit is happily house trained (so far, anyway), but like Chester, once we’re outside he’s marking everything in sight.
I suspect that Bandit will be a good guard dog like Chester was. Tuesday he barked at the UPS guy (one of Chester’s favorite activities), he barked at the AC going on and off, he barked at the neighbor across the street from inside our house — at least I assume that’s what he was barking at that time.
Well, I did run at 5 am, then go out a couple of hours later to walk/run with Bandit, and then followed that up with a walk for Lola. Maybe this weekend we’ll test them out on a double leash. And then I won’t have to do double duty on the walks.
Speaking of which, I have some ripe bananas ready to bake with, some other veggies that need to be turned into veggie burgers and what not, and oh, by the way, we’re having a heat wave, I’m not sleeping well, and my cooking motivation is about nil (but not my desire to eat baked goods, of course).
Or #ohbandit. I’m sure it won’t last forever, but right now I’m posting #banditsightings on Instagram daily (you follow me on Instagram, right?).
Did I mention the heatwave?
Damn, that early morning run Tuesday was slow as molasses. It was truly a run by feel run, as when I started I couldn’t see my Garmin anyway. I could have used the backlight, of course, but it was a recovery run, anyway.
Tiredness? The race the day before? Climbing humidity? All of the above.
Don’t forget that Fall races are baked in Summer’s oven (in other words, all that hot running should translate into a little more speed in the Fall).
Is the heatwave making me itchy?
I’ve noticed a slightly itchy rash kind of on the inside of my elbows and my neck has felt slightly itchy too. Hopefully it has nothing to do with Bandit; I can’t remember if it started before or after we got him.
You can’t actually see it, but I feel it. Could it be the Athletic Body Wipes? (affiliate link). Or a reaction to the chlorine in the pool? I’ve been swimming all my life and never had this before. Did one of the dogs rub up against poison ivy?
It’s not super itchy or anything, it’s just there and it’s new.
Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:
Do you eat less when it’s hot?
Do you spend as much time thinking about your furkids as I seem to, LOL?
What is your favorite place to swim?
See, I am being random with my questions, too!
I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her: