Fall is my favorite time of year. It is beautiful here in New England, and probably one of the biggest reasons I will never move away. There is nothing like the fresh cool air on a fall morning. This is the first year I’ve really noticed that the dogs seem to feel the same way.
I’ve especially noticed it with Kobi. He has been spending more time outside just hanging out and looking around. He has an extra spring in his step on our walks. He seems to be enjoying the walks so much more now that I’ve started adding a little distance to them, and he seems to be doing well with that.
Of course, the changing seasons always bring challenges….once again we have to change our fitness routines, and it always takes a bit of time to get used to doing things differently. Also, so far our fall weather has been very up and down….we had a week with a lot of rain, and once we got through that, the cool weather went away and it got warmer again. It’s difficult to figure out on a daily basis when the best time of day is going to be to walk or run. It’s hard to figure out how to dress, because I might think it’s cool, but as soon as I get outside in the sun, it’s not as cool as I thought it was. Then we get these warm spells, and for some reason, the insects seem to be rejoicing (I think they know their days are numbered). The mosquitoes have been relentless the last couple days and that makes it difficult to be outside.
We have had a few light frosts overnight, but as much as we want the gardens to keep going, we look forward to that first hard frost which will slow down the insect populations. The gardens are moving slow at best with the cool nights anyway, with only a few things to pick occasionally. I look forward to cleaning up the gardens, but I’ll wait until the days are cooler and the bugs are mostly gone away.
However, the nights have been mostly cool so the mornings stay that way also. I can move a little slower in the mornings and spend some time on the computer before heading out for a walk or run (I prefer that over having to get up and run out the door to beat the heat). Most days it’s cool enough in the afternoons so that we can also walk the dogs after work. I think this spell of warm days is going to end after today, and we are looking forward to that. This has been the first summer that I realized just how much the heat was bothering Kobi.
I’m not sure what winter is going to bring for him….he was fine last winter but I wonder if the cold is going to bother him more also. I’m pretty sure since Sheba now has arthritis that the cold might be an issue for her also. So I am reading up on and formulating some ideas for more indoor activities for the dogs this Winter. There are some great ideas out there and we look forward to trying some new games. We’ll also hope that snow doesn’t come early, so we can be out walking, running, and playing ball for as long as possible.
Our fitness routines haven’t been too consistent this summer, but I feel like the cool weather and the renewed vigor it brings with it will go a long way toward helping us to keep to our routines better. We are looking forward to more runs and more longer walks, and of course lots of ball playing. Then when the seasons change again, we’ll be ready for the next adjustment!
We are joining the FitDog Friday blog hop this week. Yes, I know it’s Saturday, but they keep the hops open for people like me who are often a day late (a dollar short is another story!). Thanks to our hosts SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place, and To Dog With Love.
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