I’m so flipping tired.
I haven’t had a puppy in over 15 years. I’ve also never crate trained. All my previous dogs lived outside with access to my parents’ five acres. So this is an entirely new experience for me.
And it sucks. Lina has yet to consistently sleep for longer than 1.5 hours at a time before needing to go to the bathroom. She came half potty trained by nature. She likes to go outside. She’s only had a couple of accidents in the house and those were mostly our fault. Which is lovely. But she won’t use the puppy pads and this makes nights hard.
It likely wouldn’t be so bad except I’m still training for my half marathon. It is in just under three weeks. I’m running 10+ miles on Sunday and over 25 miles each week. I NEED rest to recover. And I am not getting rest. I’d be tired with either the puppy wakeup calls or the running alone. Combined? I’m dying.
We have turf in our backyard so out of desperation we have bought a small square and put it in the bathroom Lina can access from her sleeping area. We hope that she might decide she can use that during the night. It isn’t ideal but it is temporary until she reaches an age where she can reasonably be expected to hold her bladder. I’ll settle for her only using it occasionally if it means I can get several hour chunks instead of only single hour ones.
On the horse front, Scarlet is okay. After struggling with the setbacks I was talking to a lot of friends to try to figure out what to do. L suggested being very precise in our exercises and documenting them in a notebook. Which is a really smart idea and I’m annoyed it didn’t occur to me earlier. It’s not like I have 30+ blank notebooks sitting around my house. (I totally do.)
So I’ve been keeping track. I can’t say if I’ve really seen any benefit yet except that I know for sure how he did the day before. It has been less than a week so I do not have much data to go off of. But I do feel better about our walks. We are at between 6-7 minutes depending on how speedy Scarlet is walking.
He is moving fairly well at that distance. Im thinking about adding 30 more seconds to our walk. That is only 1/12 of the shortest time we’ve done our current distance in. I’m hoping that will be a sufficiently small enough increase where it doesn’t cause Scarlet any issue.
Its a lengthy process and I’m running out of ability to actually handle everything. I only have a few more weeks of running so that will be up then. I can’t wait until then. And hopefully I’m put on the schedule for my vet asap. I really hope that will help the issues Scarlet is having.