Jameson is off to NYC and he asked us to babysit the grand dog. This is the first time Jaxon has come to stay on his own so I wasn't sure what to expect. The cats were less than thrilled. Things calmed down but Jaxon did spend time in the kennel. I took him for rides to get him out of the house and other various things. Saturday I planned to take a run with him and Jameson said he could easily go 4 miles. Perfect!
So off we went. We went down the driveway and went left although we didn't go too far because Jaxon refused to go too close to two yapping dogs. That was okay because I wanted to stay on the dirt road and it goes farther in the other direction. So we turned around and headed past our house and kept going. The next time he refused to move was when we were going by the chickens. He didn't like them at all and I actually had to carry him. Once by though I set him down and we were once again on our way.
I could tell he wasn't thrilled with the cows we went by either but it was mostly a tail tucked between his legs and a hurrying by, not a have to carry.
Then we headed down the steep hill which I usually only go a short ways down. But Jaxon was eagerly moving forward so onward we went. I thought I would be in trouble once we had to go back up as this was one seriously steep hill but he headed right up it, past the scary dogs (hitched but scary) and back toward the cows. He went by although still not thrilled.
He is such a city dog! The chickens were quiet so no problems there and before we knew it we were back home with 4 miles done. He was exhausted and went to sleep right away so the cats were thrilled.
Then came Sunday. I waited for it to warm up some and off we went. Well we went a VERY short ways when he refused to budge. So we turned around and went past the house when again, he refused to move. I wasn't sure if it was the cold or he just didn't want to do the whole damn run thing again! But we went back home and I took him off the leash.
Then I proceeded to run 4 miles around my yard! Yup! 4 miles around my yard. Jaxon chased me and "let me" throw a stick for him and generally was quite happy with this arrangement. I would head down the driveway at times and out to the edge of the road but he would wait at the top of the hill. No way was he coming down the driveway and going on any run with me again.
Waiting patiently at the top of the hill
So I did get in my 4 miles each day but it was not fast and it looked like no other run I ever did. I don't think I would do well on trails as I even found running around my yard a bit of a challenge. I also had to dodge horse poop and frozen bumps which didn't help at all.
But now Jaxon has gone home and I miss him! Who ever knew I could love a little dog so much?