Hi everyone, Kristy here again, from Mommy In Pink. It’s that time. What time you ask? Spring Time! The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous and I’ve been taking full advantage of it, by going on daily walks with my baby girl. I also have 3 dogs (1 Weimeraner who is 80 lbs., and 2 mini-doxies that weigh 5 lbs,) that I take with me every so often to roam the 40 acres of trails at my in-laws property next door, which is equipped with a lake, hiking trails, and 7 horses. I do however, question my own sanity by bringing them, because somehow our walks with the dogs always end up in some form of disaster, in which I wonder why I even bothered in the first place. Let me give you a perfect example of what I mean…
A typical walk with my 3 crazy dogs goes a little something like this…I put the baby in the sling, get my hiking boots on, and unleash the hounds (by unleash, I mean that they are like bulls out of cages when I open the door to the world.) They run in all sorts of different directions, not quite sure what to do or where to go? They run into each other, bark and snort, because they are truly that excited to go. Once we reach the end of our property and close the gates behind us…they all take off like bats of hell, and completely disappear into the woods. I usually call out to them for several minutes, in which they almost always find their way back to me. It only takes a tiny little chirp from a bird to set them all off, and the two little ones begin their constant yapping. Just when the yapping stops, the Weimeraner takes it upon himself to jump into the lake and go for swim.
I continue to walk with the two little yappers by my side,when he finally catches up with us to shake water all over me and the baby. At this point, I pretty mad, that the baby and I are soaked in dog water, so I begin to head back. On our way back to the house, we pass the horse pasture, which is my dog’s favorite part of the whole walk, and “my” least favorite part, because if you have dogs or if you’ve ever been around horses, you know that they love horse manure. Since my two little dogs can fit through the fencing, they both jump at the opportunity to roll around in it and sometimes make a meal off it. I know, I know…It’s Gross! I literally have to beat them out of the horse pasture, because they get so wrapped up in the whole process, that by the time they are done, they are just covered head to tail in it…YUCK!
So we finally make it back to our house, fun walk right? The baby is usually zonked by this point, getting all that fresh air, so I lay her down in her crib for a nap, and now the fun really begins…I grab the doggie shampoo and a few leashes and begin the fun process of hosing the animals down. They all smell like maure at this point, and fight me tooth and nail when I have to wash it off of them, which leaves me covered in it too by the end of the bath. Needless to say, it’s not a fun experience and I always regret taking them along.
From now on, my new policy is this, “one dog at a time.” That way, the lucky dog of the day will be easier for me to control, and I can actually enjoy myself for once. HA! The best part…I won’t smell like a horses A** at the end of every walk. Wish me luck!