Yesterday we did our weekly pilgrimage to the ocean and headed down to Santa Monica to walk Cooper.
Even though there's a lot of trees and lawns in West Hollywood, Santa Monica is much greener along the front by Palisades Park, so it's refreshing to take him there as a change from his daily neighbourhood walks.
We're learning that we have to time our walks with Cooper carefully. He's fine first thing in the morning until around 10am and then after 6pm, otherwise it gets too hot for him outside and either he doesn't like the hot sidewalks beneath his paws, or it's just too exhausting in the heat, as he ends up lying down in the shade on the cool grass and you just can't move him.
He also gets easily distracted and loves picking up leaves, sticks, branches and all manner of things lying around on the floor. Again with stick in mouth he'll flop down on the grass and chew away as if you're not there.
However, maybe with this big stick (below) he really has bitten off more than he can chew!
Luckily this behaviour happens less often when other dogs are around, so by keeping to the busy dog walking times in the morning and evenings we keep him moving and it also provides puppy playtime with willing dogs and their owners, which helps to tire him out, and if we're very lucky encourages him to go to the toilet outside.
It's a real shame that we can't take him down on the beach in Santa Monica as I know he'd be in heaven and would really enjoy it. I can't wait until he's got the stamina for a good long walk so we can take him to Runyon Canyon.
Charlie is actually on a plane to Tokyo as we speak, off to Japan for work, so this week I'm home alone with Cooper.
I'm expecting some early morning walks and exhausting days with our four month old puppy and no change of shift to relieve me in the evenings when Charlie usually comes home and helps distract our energetic pup.
I'm sure he'll be no problem really and we'll keep each other company, so I'm sure the week will fly by.
My gym trainer is back this week and I had a punishing session with him this morning, so some more of those workouts and a few cinema visits and excursions in the car should help me retain my sanity.
I'll let you know how I get on...
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