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August 12th, 2007

09:36 pm
day off

Cinnabar and I had the day off from training today. I don't know which one of us had more trouble dealing with the inactivity. Cinnabar has so much energy and making her take the day off was not easy. She was bored and restless all day. I took her out to play and walked her around the building but I could really tell she wanted to do something more intellectually stimulating. She is a little bundle of energy.

As for me, I was antsy to go walk with her again. For now, we're not allowed to use our dogs for guide work around the building. We have to be supervised by an instructor until we're good enough to work on our own without screwing up the dogs. I'm chomping at the bit to take the training wheels off and cruise around campus or something. But I don't want to get in trouble so I am patiently abiding by the rules. I suppose the instructors know what's best for me and Cinnabar but we are both itching to get turned loose.

This morning, Cinnabar and I went to a seminar about T Touch for dogs. It's basically doggy massage. I know it sounds like tree hugging hippy crap, but most of the dogs totally relaxed and passed out on the spot. Cinnabar is of course the resident class clown and was squirming and trying to play with me and the other dogs. I think it might be something that she could learn to enjoy, but I'm learning that things which require my dog to be still, like grooming and ear cleaning for instance, are best attempted before bedtime. Cinnabar never really settles down and gets totally relaxed until after her last relieving trip. She is going to wear me out. I think I have just found myself a new exercise program.

Well, I guess that's about all for now. We're getting into the serious walking tomorrow so my dog and I are off to bed.