So I met our trainer Cindy Steinke from K-9 Elementary out at Marathon Park this morning, to get our chow-chow Abby acclimated to a new dog-friendly environment. She doesn’t like other dogs, but we’re working hard on the “put-up-and-shut-up” philosophy: “You don’t have to like them but you will NOT try to eat them.”
It’s snowing and really cold, and I have no gloves. Silly me. There were a lot of people out walking their dogs, most with a total disregard for whether their dogs might not get along with each other. One old guy had a little dog that started running right up to Abby, and he’s like “Oh, he just wants to play” and Cindy tightened Abby’s leash and went, “Yeah, well, SHE won’t be playing.” He pulled his dog up in a hurry.
We were doing peasant-agility using benches and picnic tables. “Up-over-down” and jumping from one to the next. Abby caught on quick and was really getting into it. She kept forgetting to heel between shelters. She really gets distracted easily. She ignored the giant gorilla in the miniature golf course but then spooked and growled at the ticket booth. Weird dog!
We we just trekking down the road alongside the horse fields by the barns when I stepped on a snow-covered patch of glare ice and cracked the back of my head on the pavement. Next thing, I woke up to a cold Abby nose on my cheek and Cindy asking “Are you all right?”
Sandra Bullock has lots of funny falling moments in movies like “Miss Congeniality” and “While You Were Sleeping” when she does the same thing. Not so funny in real life – and Sandra Bullock’s cuter than I am!
The walk-in clinic declared I’ll live, but spent my day sleeping off a lulu of a headache and now have a very stiff neck. Tylenol is nowhere near as good as Excedrin for headaches, but they won’t let me take aspirin. Have to remember next time to walk on the grass and NEVER trust innocent patches of snow!