Today’s dog “walk” didn’t go well. We started off going through the woods a different way and ended up in a lot of brambles. Then I got to a steep gorge with a stream going through the middle of it. I didn’t fancy it but Sparkie did so he slipped down the side of the hill, jumped the stream and then ran up the other side.
He then looked fantastic, jumping over logs and brambles. I eventually found the “normal” wooden bridge over but by this time Sparkie was on to a deer. Not sure if he ever saw it but every now and then I’d get a glimpse of white jumping over something. After a while he came back, only to go a-hunting again.
Me? I was quite tired and achy. I chose a foolish route and did lots of doubling-back, stopping and trying to work out a way through the ferns or brambles. All the time wondering where the dog is. In the end, I decided to not be too fussed with the running. We did move out of the woods and on to the common, running around 5 or 6k in total. But I let Sparkie take his time playing with other dogs.
I bought myself a nose clip for swimming. Over the last few years I have developed an allergy to something. I swim in the morning, go to work and am fine. At lunch time I get hayfever-type symptoms. They clear. But then I get them again on the way home and have difficulty sleeping. Searching the internet suggests that I am not alone and that a nose clip is the best solution. We will see.