Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl

Our little puppy turned a year old today.

Lucy and I woke lazily this morning long after the sun rose. My thoughts instantly became clouded as I came to with a million little things running through my mind. Those thoughts were the same that consumed me the night before.

Lucy helped put a smile on my face erasing them all for a few minutes.

As I began to stretch my legs, Lucy woke and slowly walked alongside my body showing her nose at the top of our sheets. This little black nose poked out before she fell into my body, curled close, ready for some affection. Lucy dug her nose into my neck, as I scratched her belly for a few moments.

We eventually dragged ourselves out of bed, so we could both go to the bathroom.

The sun was shinning and the temperatures were cool, promising a beautiful day. After Lucy finished doing her business, we came inside, so she could go back to sleep, and I could begin my work day.

As the day progressed, I started to knock a few things off my list . . . feeling a little better, feeling a little less overwhelmed.

After bringing Jason some Gatorade, I knew it was time to completely clear my thoughts and grab a hold of the day. I instantly thought what better way to achieve that then to bring Lucy with me to keep me smiling the entire distance.

I got ready, put Lucy’s running collar on, and we headed to the car. As we neared the Greenbelt, Lucy’s whimpering filled the space. She started walking circles in my lap after siting too long waiting for the light to change. The whimpering increased as we turned onto Lucy’s favorite road, the one that takes us to the Greenbelt.

The whimpering changed into full-blown crying as soon as we parked. I could not get my stuff together fast enough for this little girl.

Lucy was an absolute delight today as we ran mile after mile. She did not pull once. Lucy ran either a little ahead of me, or right alongside me in the grass as my feet hit the pavement.

I pushed her to her newest distance. She is such a little rock star. My little nine+pound, 1-year old puppy, ran 5.24 miles with me today!! What a little trooper. Her previous longest distance was 4.03 miles.

I think she needed the fresh air as much as I did. I know the hour we spent outside completely cleared my thoughts.

As soon as we were done with our cool down walk, we walked to Petsmart, so I could treat her on her birthday. She made friends with everyone she encountered, as they sang how cute she was.

Lucy loved her birthday bone. I’ve never seen her eat a treat so fast. She even warned the cats to keep their distance as she chewed every piece.

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Once again, Lucy helped improve my mood. Helped put a smile on my face as I watched her little legs running in front of me.

She changed my life on April 7, 2014, when she appeared at our doorstep.

Happy 1st Birthday my sweet puppy.

 

Picture perfect running day

This morning I could not get myself out of bed, especially with the cooler temperatures keeping me under the blankets. I had a certain time frame to get myself going before I had to get ready for an American flag donation ceremony in Jonesborough. Sadly, I could not get motivated fast enough, so my run was skipped.

After returning from Jonesborough and sending two finished articles to my editor, the motivation was back. It was easy to get in the right mind frame when there was a beautiful blue sky, without a cloud in sight, hanging over us.

I’ve had the opportunity to go for a run every other day this week because of the rain that keeps impacting NE Tennessee. Yesterday a glimpse of the sun teased us for a little while before it hid again casting rather cool temperatures.

I was in desperate need of that run today, especially with the small breakdown I had yesterday because of my work load. Well, just the overall stress of working in the journalism world.

20141017_150557So this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s, a slight wind and blue skies, my puppy and I went to our go to place, the Kingsport Greenbelt. Today we were able to head in the opposite direction because the path was dry. This route always graces us with a successful distance, a further running distance.

Once again, it was Lucy and my farthest distance so far this week. We ran 2.68 miles.

I started my app at 2:47 p.m. this afternoon. Although I’m more of a morning exerciser, this afternoon was picture perfect running weather. Both Lucy and I were comfortable temperature wise the entire run.

Yes, I keep an eye on her while we run to make sure she’s okay, although she always gets my attention when she is in need of a break or to slow down.

The gentle breeze kissed our skin at all the right times today. I didn’t have to roll up my sleeves until after we stopped for a short break in the middle of our run. I still give Lucy a break, after all she is still a puppy. Maybe after Jan. 21 when she turns 1, things will change.

It’s hard to believe we have been running partners since May. We’ve been pretty consistent with our distance. We usually go anywhere between 2.20 to 3 miles a day. Not too bad, I think.

20141017_151039Although Lucy began panting towards the end of our run, her pace was the fastest so far this week. She wasn’t just jogging, she was running her cute little trot.

Thanks to the squirrels, we sprinted quite a bit as well. They were teasing her, standing near the edge of the path not moving until we were almost side by side. With a little bit of encouragement . .  . “Come On” we kept our pace going.

20141017_150707I found it interesting that this section of the path wasn’t as vibrant as the other in terms of the fall foliage. Today from the PetSmart parking lot we headed right, instead of left. There were sections along the path that had hints of red, orange and yellow leaves scattered.

20141017_152115I absolutely love taking in my surroundings, which again today calmed me down and made me forget the headaches I dealt with yesterday.

Once again running worked its magic . . . .

I’m hoping tomorrow we will see another sunny day, so Lucy and I can get our fourth day of running in this week.

In the clear

20140619_222147This morning Lucy and I went back to Banfield for her one week check-up after her surgery.

She’s starting to know my routine. As soon as Lucy sees me grab my purse her nervousness begins.

Is she staying or going?

When I scooped her up the shaking continued. I hope one day this little nervous puppy settles down. It breaks my heart that she gets like this. But I guess that’s what happens when I am home with her every day, most of the time all day long.

As we got situated in the car, she settled down a little bit. I have to say she’s getting better at riding in the car with me.

This brief settling down quickly changed as we walked through the doors of PetSmart and towards the back where Banfield is located.

The shaking became extreme. Yep, this little puppy remembered what happened a week ago. Lucy even began crying a little.

The nurse at the front desk weighed her before we were taken to one of the exam rooms. She lost a pound since last week.

Lucy really did not want anything to do with the floor this time. Usually she likes to sniff around the room. Every time I put her on the floor she came right back to me. So, her and I waited on the bench, yep with her sitting pretty in my lap.

Although I was able to calm the shaking, it started right back up when the nurse walked into the room and then the vet a little while later.

I love the vet we saw today. Her personality is huge and she treats Lucy the same way I do. When she told me “Lucy’s stomach looks beautiful” I kissed Lucy on the head and said “yeah we can go back to normal.”

The vet told me I took really good care of her. That was music to my ears. It was hard trying to keep a 5-month old puppy from running, jumping and playing, especially with two cats in the house that like to run and play themselves.

Jason put up so many barricades throughout the house, which can now be taken down. Thank goodness. I have some nice bruises from our week of barriades. It’s hard climbing a gate when it is blocking the entrance to the top or the bottom of the stairs. The location changed from day to night.

As soon as we walked through the door the gate came down and Lucy ran up the stairs with me. Yeah, no more carrying her!

Now I no longer have to say “no” to every single thing she does. Yes, now she can do all the things a puppy should be able to do like run crazy while having fun playing. This I know Jason will be looking forward to tonight. They always play towards the end of the night when she gets a blast of energy. Or when Jason comes home from work she goes running towards him full speed while running in circles once she reaches his feet.

As soon as we walked out the door of Petsmart, Lucy was back to her old self again.

Best part is I don’t have to take her back to the vet until October. We have a healthy puppy that is now spayed, chipped and up-to-date with all of her shots. The only thing I have to worry about every month is picking up her flea, tick and worm medicine.

AND . . . . we can now head back to the Kingsport Greenbelt for our morning runs. I really missed getting that 30-minutes of fresh air a few times a week.

Life will now become normal again . . .