Even though summer doesn’t officially end for a couple of weeks, I think Labor Day feels like the last weekend for most people. The first day of our long and last weekend of summer started out as a busy one! It dawned quite chilly, in the 40’s, a sure sign that autumn is on its way. One thing my hubby and I knew we wanted to do over the weekend was to finally get out and really explore our 17 acres of property. He had been out there a few times, but I had really only been to a limited part of it.
Dadz went off for his morning run, while I started my day a bit more slowly. I had also started running that week, and my muscles were really feeling it! I decided to put off my next run for one more day in favor of loosening up my muscles by walking in the woods. Once I was showered and moving a bit better, I took the dogs outside for their daily game of fetch while it was still cool out.
The games have been a bit shorter the last few days, because as predicted, Cricket has been acting her age some lately! We have her back on her Rimadyl. She’s not showing any limps, but she has been cutting our games of fetch short (usually unheard of!) since just before her birthday (as a matter of fact, she started that the day after I had written my first draft for her birthday post bragging about how she’d been off her meds. Can anyone say “jinx”?), and moving a bit more slowly at times.
She has a tendency to want to overdo it – when I got home from work the day after her birthday, she went 100 miles per hour for a short time and burned herself right out. So I’m shortening the game times, and no longer throwing the ball into the pool. I’m hoping that will be enough, because I hate to have to rest her completely.
So we had a short play time, I had breakfast and by then Dadz was back from his run and showered. We headed down the road to the corner of our property with howling dogs left behind (we need to get things cleared out more before taking them, or we would have spent our whole time out there untangling leashes from trees).
We had a great walk and it took us about an hour to walk about a mile around (close to) the perimeter of our property (one end is not marked and we’re having trouble finding the exact property line). The dogs were happy to have us back and I tossed the ball for a few minutes before having lunch. After that Dadz loaded up his truck for a dump run. Luke usually goes with him on those, but lately Luke has been afraid of riding. Sigh – we have no idea why, he used to love it! Another thing to add to the list of things to work on with him.
Dadz was at the door asking Luke to come with him, but Luke balked so this time we didn’t make him go. Sheba was at the door wagging away so Dad took her instead. She doesn’t like riding as much so doesn’t usually go on those runs, but Dadz said she enjoyed it – good for her!
I’ve started nose work with Cricket now, and she and I had a short session and I got things together for a search for Luke too. When Dad got back he got to observe Luke search for the first time while taking some video for us. Luke is doing great, and we’ll be sharing that video soon.
After all of that, the headache I’d been fighting for two days broke through and one side of my head was throbbing. I did something I haven’t done for a while, grabbed a lounge chair and set it in the sun. A pre-fall day in the 70’s is perfect weather for sitting in the sun – it’s not too hot.
I used to sit in the sun all the time, either just relaxing or reading. As I’ve gotten older I don’t tolerate the heat as well, and sitting still is not something I can do for long. It’s not possible for me to go outside without the dogs coming along, and if I’m outside Cricket thinks it’s ball time again! I glanced at my watch to be sure she only played for a few minutes, and let her deliver the ball to me in the chair.
I’ve always said that we never did much training with our girls, but one thing Dadz taught Cricket early on was the command “hand” – which means she delivers the ball directly into your hand, or at least into your lap if you’re sitting. She’s a pro at it, so if she dropped the ball on the ground next to me, I made her put it in the chair instead.
She didn’t last long before pooping out again, and by the time she had worn out, my headache had eased up and I was fidgety again (yup, my headaches can go away that quickly, even if not completely). The dogs went in the house to nap with the Dadz and I puttered around the house and on my computer.
We enjoyed this last and long weekend of summer, with two more days of pretty much the same! Cricket seems to be feeling better and played longer on Sunday morning with Dadz while I was out for my run; and Luke got to go out and explore the woods a little bit with Dadz too! The fading hurricane weather that might have been headed our way never made it, so there were more walks, more sitting in the sun, and simply a wonderful weekend at home.
The Summer of Sheba may be unofficially ending but September will probably bring a few more hot days so she’ll be getting more swims at the pond in. We are beyond thrilled that she is still thriving as her special summer winds down.
I look forward to fall and the cooler weather now, and for the first time maybe ever, I’m looking forward to winter too! I am hoping for lots of snow because all those acres of land are beckoning to be explored on snowshoes, and the dogs and I can’t wait. This is what I love most about New England; each season has something different to offer, and there’s no time to get bored with routines before they change.