The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

April 27, 2008

BeagleFest 2008: Bored, Wired, and Something’s Crawling in the Yard

Filed under: Dogs — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 9:44 am

Yesterday, the sun finally managed to chase off the clouds for a while, which gave us a nice clear day with temperatures in the seventies.  Given the fact that it was snowing here less than a week ago, this was a welcome relief from the not-so-springlike weather we’ve been getting around here lately.  While the sun was out, the dogs seemed content to just hang out on the back deck and lie in the sun.  Because of this, I thought that one trip to the dog park in the afternoon would be sufficient, since I was going to be attending the Mariners game in the evening.  Naturally, with the nice weather, the dog park was packed, which caused Imola to take a wrong turn once in the confusion of the mass of people and dogs.  This was only for a brief time though, and other than that the walk went without incident. 

The ballgame was somewhat of a disappointment, even though many people from the Singles Ward were there, and the Mariners won on the strong pitching of Erik Bedard.  In my experience, baseball games don’t really work out as well as some activities due to the fact that there’s usually too much socializing going on to pay much attention to the game, and too much baseball going on to properly socialize.  Although the ticket to get into the game only cost me $5, a parking spot near the stadium went for $25 due to a simultaneous motocross event going on across the street at Qwest Field (parking spots closer to the stadium went for as much as $40) and since we were in the cheap seats, there wasn’t a whole lot to see.  I ended up leaving before the Seventh Inning Stretch to get back home since the dogs hadn’t been fed yet.

After getting home and feeding the dogs, it quickly became apparent that the lack of a second trip to the dog park had left them with a surplus of energy, and I suspect that feeding them at this point probably didn’t help the situation any.  As soon as Imola caught a glimpse of something running around in the yard, they spent a good fifteen minutes running around, staring out the window and barking at the top of their lungs, and spent most of the rest of the evening trying to track down whatever it was that caught their attention (I’d guess some sort of small animal.)  Eventually they (mostly) settled down, but it was clear that they had a bit too much energy.  Needless to say, I think I’ll probably be sticking to the two trips per day for the rest of the week, since it certainly makes them a lot easier to deal with.

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