Sunday, January 20, 2013
Having Olga around has certainly shaken up our routines, in both positive and negative ways. For example, when I get up in the morning, my priority now is to get the dog outside. I throw on some warm clothes while she leaps around hysterically, somehow manage to wrestle her into her collar and leash, and we cram into the tiny elevator. Outside I try to take her on a fairly long-ish walk so she can work off some morning energy. So I usually go several blocks. Sometimes, we run.
Only when I bring her back do I get to make coffee. As anyone who knows me can attest, coffee in the morning is one of my greatest pleasures, so for me to forgo it even for half an hour is a considerable sacrifice!
On the other hand, it's cool to be outside at 5:30 or 6 a.m. when the streets are dark and silent. Occasionally there's a chittering bird overhead, or we might see a lone pedestrian, but for the most part the neighborhood is ours. If it weren't for Olga, I'd never be out at that time of day.
We're still trying to work out her feeding schedule. Right now she gets one can of food in the morning and one at night. But she still seems so hungry. I'm toying with giving her a third can at midday. I'd rather have her gain weight than lose it, and we could then adjust accordingly.
She's still very good-natured. Yesterday I took her to the photography store on Portobello Road, where I was having some negatives scanned, and I was mildly terrified that she would lose her cool in the shop and poop on the floor. I kept a super-vigilant eye on her, but she did very well. She seemed a little freaked out by all the people -- yesterday was the Portobello Road Market, so the street was fairly crowded -- and when some nearby church bells started clanging she put her tail between her legs and scurried for cover.
The world must be a confusing place when you're a dog.
Other than running some errands I didn't get out much yesterday. I hope to have a chance to do some more exploring today.
(Photos: Graffiti by Gee, top and bottom, and by Look, center -- all taken at Mile End when I picked up Olga on Wednesday.)