We went for a long walk yesterday morning, and starting out I told him to "heel". I don't know how he knew what I meant because I've tried it before and it didn't work. This time he heeled perfectly, and although I could sometimes feel tension on the leash, I would repeat "heel", plus telling him what a good boy he was, and he would ease up and walk perfectly. The day went pretty well after that.
Donald, Jeannie and the girls came over in the late afternoon to take me to Costco, and I wondered what Rocky might do to repay me for leaving him. He didn't do much, although he was back at the toilet paper. The locking part of the bathroom door handle came out so the door can't click shut. He took advantage of it, and messed up a 25 cent roll of toilet paper! Until Steve can put a new handle on the door I need to take the paper off the roll and set it where he can't reach it if I need to go somewhere without him.
I know he desperately needs exercise, so I took him out often through the day hoping to work off some puppy energy. Again, he was fine except when he saw a person or another dog. A lady we passed was out working on her lemon tree and offered me some lemons. She clearly didn't like the dog, who was jumping furiously to get to meet and greet her, so she picked 4 lemons and set them on the ground well away from the tree. I find it so embarassing as well as infuriating, because I know how good he can be. But I have what I have, and I don't give up. So if anyone wonders if I will have to give up this ball of energy and wilfulness, the answer is that he's mine and I will deal with him as best as I can.
At Costco I was in the beer & wine dept. and wanted a case of beer but would have to lift it from a stack about head level to me. Ordinarily I ask someone to help me get it down but there was no one around, so I bit the bullet and pulled that big ol' case of beer towards me and then lowered it down to the floor. I was stunned that I could do it like I was 10 years younger! I think my arm muscles are being strengthened by Rocky and the leash! If only there was a way I could tie the leash around my belly and get rid of the fat there!
So here I am on Dec. 3rd, with not much done towards getting ready for Christmas. I don't have a present bought for anyone, although the kids should be easy enough to shop for. The adults in the family do a "Secret Santa" where we pick a name and buy a nice gift for that person. The fun is in act of giving, and the person opening the gift. This is always accompanied by much laughter, especially when one of the "boys" is doing the giving or opening. I have no idea what I will get for my person. I'm almost broke for the month already after the trip to Costco!
Here's hoping we all have a good and productive week!
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