January 9 2016
After a long night of rain, by ten in the morning, the sky cleared enough that allowed us to take a longer walk in the woods. Saturdays and Sundays are days when we take advantage of the hours that must not be scheduled as rigorously as during the week.
Walking in the woods is always an adventure both for Rex and for me. He is excited of everything that moves around – even if it is only a leaf blown by the wind, and as I know him very well, I can’t allow him to run berserk all over the place as he likes. Every single walk represents an exercise of endurance and patience.
Unfortunately, we have only part of the woods for us to wander as he stubbornly refuses to crosses the bridge to the other side. It is not a whim, as I thought at the beginning, but a full blown phobia. Nothing can make him put one paw on the bridge: no cajoling, no treats and no threats. That’s a lost battle. Anyway, this side is all right as well. It seems tempting to see the other as well but one must do with what they are given.
What I like best about Canada is that I can see lots of wildlife. There are squirrels of all possible colors: grey and reddish and black, the black ones being the meanest of the lot. Today, though, I saw one that was black and had half of the tail grey and the other half reddish. It was quite a sight! I also saw chipmunks. At night I had a chance to see a skunk and raccoons greet you from almost every garbage can during the night.
Today, I saw a possum. Initially, it appeared to be a cat frozen on the trunk of a tree, however, it seemed impossible. To see a cat frozen in that position, the temperature should have been well under minus 30 degrees and right now the weather reminds of the late fall days.
Anyway, human nature pushes us to go and look whenever a disaster strikes or an accident happens, even if we’re skittish about that. That’s why, I think, I had to take a closer look. When I got closer, I saw it was a possum playing dead. Vertically on a tree! Funny idea, don’t you think? As soon as we moved away, I could see it moving its paws slowly and then its head. It was just fine, doing what the possums know best: protecting themselves by playing dead.
I am pretty sure that was the culminant point of my day as for me this Saturday was an administrative day, meaning mostly housework – which I hate deeply but unfortunately it is a necessity because one needs clean clothes and I, specifically, can’t stand certain insects, which means I need to have a spotless kitchen first of all. Besides laundry and cleaning, I didn’t do much, and for sure I didn’t take the Christmas tree out. It can stay for at least another week. It doesn’t bother me and covers part of the French doors to the yard so I don’t have to pull the curtains anymore. All in all a definite advantage, I’d say.
The other part of my administrative work was to write agreements, and not one or two but tens of them! And I haven’t finished yet! Thinking that I have to continue tomorrow makes me cover my head with a blanket and stay there for at least a month!
I have to confess I had a 5 hour break, though. I went to a meeting dedicating to understanding dogs behavior and I took my daughter with me. An hour and a half – that was the meeting, turned into a five hour shopping trip for trifles.
I should have known, though. It is impossible to go downtown with my daughter without getting into a shop. At least now, we have enough spices and hot chocolate and honey to last us for a while. I’d like to see her live with only those next week! We haven’t bought anything that could be cooked, at least to compliment the spices we bought.
The good thing is that the meeting with the dog behaviorist helped me a lot and everything is crystal clear right now in my mind now. Rex’s behavior is explained: he is actually a mutant. None of the usual dog’s behaviors apply to him. You can’t even imagine how much peace of mind this revelation brought to me. Now, I can say without doubt that not my lacking in training is the problem but the fact that I have a dog that cannot be labeled under any category.
I always loved uniqueness. The more unique someone is, the more I like it. It was a given that this was the perfect dog for me. He fits right there in my chaotic life and with the crazy cat and my stubborn daughter. This is the perfect household, I think. Everybody must come first and I look from somewhere from the line.
Anyway, it was a very boring day for me and I don’t think it is necessary to annoy you as well. I am sure you can find better things to do with your time right now. Tomorrow, I am sure it will be better.
Born sometime in the past century, living in the 21st century.
Sometimes I have good ideas... (what do you think?)
Sometimes fascinating guests!
(that for sure!)
Sometimes I have to share some of my frustrations,..
(not too tempting, huh!)
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