What the dogs did while we were at BlogPaws
We don’t leave the dogs alone very often – well, I guess they are never ‘alone’, what I mean is we don’t travel often and leave them at a kennel or with someone. But we both wanted to go to BlogPaws, so we enlisted our dog walker, Karen to stay with the dogs. It was nerve racking for me because both Jack and Maggie have a bit of baggage. Jack can be reactive and protective of his turf and Maggie is still fearful of new things. Even though they both love Karen, they are reliant on their routines and on us being around. I was nervous about how it would go.
Of course, I shouldn’t have been. They had a great time with Karen and got to do some things they don’t normally get to do. Our morning routine is to get up give the dogs breakfast and then be off on our morning walk. We have 3 regular routes that we alternate just to give them a change of pace and then every once in a while go someplace brand new. But Karen took them to completely different places, so they got to experience 2 brand new walks they had never been on. This is great for their mental stimulation as well as the physical exercise.
On Friday, they went over to Mission Oaks Park. There is a local dog park there which we take them to occasionally, but also has a nice trail that we’ve never been on. Saturday they had a couple of neighborhood walks and a trip over to Wildwood Park for a hike. Karen said they really enjoyed both excursions. Unfortunately, I forgot to tell Karen about Park Day 2.0, so we didn’t get to document their excursions, but maybe this will motivate me to take them back.
I know this is the Monday Mischief Blog Hop and I truly expected to have some mischief to report, something that they got into while we were gone, but they were, at least according to Karen, very well behaved. A huge relief for me the worrier, maybe now I’ll feel more comfortable leaving them behind and taking a nice long weekend trip to the Ojai Valley Inn or wine country in Santa Barbara. I need to take a lesson from this and not be such a worrier – especially when it comes to the dogs. They are much more easy going than I give them credit for and usually take things as they come. I should strive to do more of that myself!
What did your dogs do while you were gone?