Our big adventure this Spring is learning to walk on a leash. They're both terrible at it. We're probably terrible at it too. On one occasion Nick actually carried Shalai home because he was so frustrated trying to walk her. One of my coworkers recommended the EZ Walk harness, so we're trying that and it's making a huge difference. Beemer is really great with the harness (except he barks a lot for no reason...at least no reason we can figure out). Shalai thinks we're way too slow, so she spends at least half our walk hopping along on her hind legs trying to go faster. We're getting there. Slowly. Maybe. Also? If the ice could go ahead and melt that would really help. Walks have been extremely treacherous this week.
We're quickly coming up on the one year anniversary of Shalai's emergency surgery. Dang, a year later I still tear up just thinking about it. I know it's ridiculous to love a dog this much, but I do. As difficult and high maintenance as our hounds can be I still adore them. Anyway. After that rather scary and expensive weekend we decided to get "major medical" insurance for both of the dogs. Our ultimate goal is to have an emergency fund for the stinkers and drop the insurance, but until we can build that back up the peace of mind is worth it to us. That experience showed both of us that we are willing to spend whatever it takes to save our dogs lives (whenever it's up to us!) so this was a choice that made sense for us. Anybody else have insurance for their dogs? And yes, I realize how ridiculous this probably sounds. But that's ok. It works for us, and I hope we never have to use it.
After a really rough start two and half years ago, Beemer is finally turning into a mama's boy. Thanks to this bundle of love I'm hoping to foster dogs someday. Friends, if you have the opportunity to rescue a dog please please please seriously consider it.
I am really fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home on occasion. Shalai insists on sleeping in my lap while I work away at our dining room table. It's hard to say no to such a sweet snugglebug.