Hello, hello! How has the first of April been goin’ for you so far? Any good pranks get you?
As much as I was tempted to *attempt to* pull something on you guys today, I refrained and stuck to making fun of myself instead with this morning’s What’s My Accent video. Thank you for the input by the way! It looks as though I have somehow acquired a somewhat Northern accent while living up here in the mid-west. Perfect.
Anyways, today I made my way back home to the Detroit airport right before Noon and became ridiculously excited when I needed my sunglasses on the car ride home. The past few times I have flown back in from anywhere south has put me in a less than awesome mood when I came home to grey skies and cold temperatures.
Lucky for me, spring finally decided to make a slight appearance today!
Before I get too spring happy, I have to remind myself that the sunshine and temps in the fifties are not a guaranteed thing. Knowing the last winter snowfall is behind us would be nice though. Here’s hoping today was just a preview of the nicer weather ahead!
After a quick stop at Subway for the usual veggies on veggies on turkey wheat sub for lunch, I arrived home around 1 p.m. and couldn’t help but to regroup with a quick cat nap. My weekend away was for sure a whirlwind and I can’t wait to share more about it with you tomorrow.
With the sunshine beaming through my window and an anxious pup by my side, I woke up in a great mood and took the nudge that an afternoon run on the trails might be the best way to get things going.
Ahhh! I just love the feeling of a new season in the air. With most of the snow melted and the sight of grass on the horizon, Roadie and I set out on our four mile running loop through the trails happy as can be.
While I was away, Scott told me that Roadie actually ran away for a couple of hours yesterday. He has done it a handful of times this winter, and I really think it is because he doesn’t get the normal running time I have given him in the past seasons down south.
Thank goodness he came home! I actually feel really bad for the guy, knowing his walks and runs get greatly affected by the freezing weather during these long winter months.
(More on this at the bottom.)
So, with the feeling of spring in the air today, I made sure to spend some extra time with him outside.
I wasn’t expecting to be able to comfortably run the trails yet (remember the snowy mess I stumbled upon just a few weeks ago?), but became pleasantly surprised at mostly gravel in sight when we approached the two mile mark. Off to the trails we went!
Struck by nature’s beauty, I ended up turning off my music, enjoying the sounds of the river, and taking a video of my surroundings.
It’s crazy how much things can change in just a month’s time around here!
Although we hit a bit of a snowy hiccup in the middle, both Roadie and I really enjoyed being outside and back to our normal running path today. We made our way back to the house and I didn’t even get mad when he wanted to sniff and “mark” every little sight of grass on the way.
In Need of Dog Advice
As the day goes on, I can’t help but to keep thinking about why he keeps running away. It makes me really sad and nervous to think that one day he might get out again and not be able to find his way back home.
Back in Orlando, we used to be able to walk him without a leash and he would stick right by our sides! We took him to the dog park almost every weekend and when it wasn’t too hot out, it wasn’t uncommon for him to go for a couple of long walks and even a run a day! He might have been spoiled and went just about everywhere with us.
Ever since moving up to Michigan, I have felt guilty for not being able to spend as much time with him outside. During the extremely cold and snowy months, it’s hard to be outside for more than ten minutes at a time, so you can imagine how much this has affected his normal every day outings.
We have playtime in the basement and I try to make up for it with plenty of snuggles, but deep down I know he still doesn’t understand what happened and why he can’t go back to how things used to be.
He is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met, but at the same time can be very aggressive, and that side hadn’t come out until we moved.
Since our move, he has become extremely protective and we can’t trust him around many people. We don’t even try to let him off the leash anymore, as he will most likely chase after someone, something, or even run away!
Anyone that comes through our front door doesn’t stand a chance unless they are properly introduced outside, and if they are a guy, it’s still a toss up on how long it will take for him to stop showing his teeth. I get really nervous when new people come into our home for the first time, as never know how he will react.
It’s great to know he protects me and is able to ward off strangers who might pop up at our front door, but at the same time I can’t quite put my finger on where this sudden change in personality came from. Is he suffering from some sort of cabin fever or winter depression?
It sounds kind of silly, but it has become a real concern and it makes me sad that we can’t take him out to public events anymore. I used to take him with me into pet stores, around town in the car, and even to public parks and markets. But now, I am afraid we just can’t trust his questionable behavior.
He has his annual check up at the vets later on this week, so I will make sure to bring this up to him. But I have to ask… have any of you ever dealt with this before?
Is there such thing as doggie winter depression?
And is there anything I can do to help him revert back to his old non-aggressive habits?
If so, please share your stories or suggestions in the comment section!
All right, I better get going. I have a lot of unpacking, straightening up, laundry, and pet snuggles to get to. See ya in the morning!