This week, while Sue has been away in the UK, I have been both a single parent, realtor, and owner of a dog. It has been pretty busy as you can imagine. Our downtown listing, a deal that I have been steering through the subject removal period and dealing with all the normal aspects of daily life have all played their part.
So it might have seemed a chore having to taken Jasper, our border collie, out for a walk each day. As it turned out it has been something that we have both enjoyed – though for different reasons.
For me, I have enjoyed the chance to walk out in nature. We go to Lighthouse Park most of the time. This is an oasis of calm in my day – walking in the forest amongst towering trees. Even in the rain you are relatively sheltered and it is peaceful. Of course the cellphone can still go off and I have stopped to take calls on several occasions whilst Jasper continued on along the trail.
For Jasper, his obsession is sticks. As soon as he gets to the park he scans the area for the best stick available. His choices often seem bizarre – either twigs or huge logs. My job, whatever the size of the stick, is to throw it for him. If I throw it in the direction we are going, he bounds after it and then lies down staring at it until I catch up and throw it again. So I generally throw it behind me. That way he gets more exercise chasing after it.
One challenge of these walks is having a wet, muddy dog to deal with when I get home. That’s why our home, like many Canadian ones, has a mud room. Jasper stays in there to dry off. Even so I have a fair bit of cleaning to do – especially as Sue is due back today. Must go now!