Doggy Diaries – Heat and heat

Since the heat has rolled in, I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing a walk every day. We still get out a lot, but when we first got home and it was nice, we were out every day. So I’ve decided I have to start setting an alarm so we can get out before it heats up. When there’s something like laundry or learning a new route, we do it early and it hasn’t been too bad.

This morning I woke up early, had some coffee and we set out. It was 7am and already pretty warm. It felt really muggy too. The main problem with me is that it takes some time for my body to wake up and get mobile. So We’re gonna have to ease into this. Hopefully I can train my body to get used to moving quicker in the mornings. I might just have to get up earlier though. It’s hard because I need my eight hours or I don’t function. Might have to get to bed earlier, but can’t really do that with the relieving schedule. Hmmm.

I’m not sure what he got me around this morning. We were on our usual path which is a pretty straightforward sidewalk for awhile. There are lots of turns into apartments but he ignores those now. This morning he stopped and I said hop up but he didn’t move so I probed and found nothing. I told him to figure it out and I felt us veer off the sidewalk around something. No clue what it was lol.

We have a few options when we get to the end of the sidewalk and my plan for mornings is to take the longer route, but my body was like nooooo! As we approached, I made the decision to let him choose. If he wanted the longer route, I’d follow. But when I turned us around, he just went back the way we came. Now in all actuality, he was probably waiting for a “right” command from me before we took the longer route, but since it didn’t come he went straight. So I’m thinking I just kinda justified the shorter route haha! But hey, I’m adjusting to this.

I’ve been feeling pretty good since my back problem passed. I totally fade after noon, so everything must be done in the mornings. The heat just takes all energy out of me. I don’t know how folks do it in high humidity areas. I certainly wouldn’t be out there if it weren’t for Jayden, but I know he loves his walks.

Oh, just checked the weather. It’s 84 degrees with 27 percent humidity and it’s partly cloudy. That explains it all. Humidity equals pain for me. Monsoons must be lurking…

Is it October yet?

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3 Responses to Doggy Diaries – Heat and heat

  1. Blech! That amount of heat totally sucks. I really don’t know which is worse, heat or cold.

  2. I’m not sure either. I may have easily picked heat a few years ago, but then I got on the headache stuff and now going out in the cold even when it’s not really what you’d call cold is very unpleasant, sometimes even painful.

  3. If you need to go to bed earlier, take Jayden out earlier! He’s so much more adaptable than you may realize! Talk to your field rep about his schedule if you are concerned, but really, he is more than capable of adapting to what you need him. 🙂 Sleep early, sleep late! He will survive it!

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