For my dog blog this week, I want to talk about summer and how it effects my daily routine. Now that summer is here and it is hot out my daily schedule had to change. For us dogs, the heat is not necessarily a great thing. Maybe this is not true for all dogs, but I do not like when it gets too hot outside. I don’t want to go for a walk or even go to the dog park when it is really hot out. So what does that mean to you humans?
Well, in my Mom’s case that means our daily schedule had to be adjusted. I am no longer allowed to sleep in until 9am and then go for my morning walk. Now, Mom drags me out of my comfy bed around 5:30 in the morning and takes me out for my morning exercise. Man, that is really early, but I have discovered that there is a huge upside to this new morning routine. We walk over to a local spot and meet a couple of my dog friends (Hunter and Iowa) for an hour long off-leash romp. Mom likes this routine because she is a morning person and is up and going around 4am (I know, crazy right?). This new routine works great for her because she gets in a little exercise too and is back home and ready for work before 8am.
My evening schedule has changed as well. During the majority of the year, we meet Luther and our other dog friends at the dog park in the late afternoon to play but at this time of the year it is sometimes too hot at the dog park for a good old fashion play session. Instead, we add an evening walk to our schedule. I love these late walks because everyone in our neighborhood is out walking their dogs too! I know practically every dog in our neighborhood. The only thing that I don’t like about it is that Mom often stops and talks to every person she meets along the way. Really? Doesn’t she know that I prefer to keep on going? To show her my irritation, I often lie down and orient myself in the direction we should be walking. Eventually she notices that I am bored and starts off again only to have this repeat several times during our walk. Oh well, at least we are out and about being social. We often end our walk with a little off leash time so I can run off my excess energy and maybe stalk a gopher or two.
All in all I like our new schedule, but come fall when it gets dark I will look forward to sleeping in again. I know it’s a rough life, but someone has to do it!