Monday, August 25, 2008

Dog-Blog: Our weekly walk by the ocean and home alone with puppy...

Yesterday we did our weekly pilgrimage to the ocean and headed down to Santa Monica to walk Cooper.
Cooper & Jason walking in the park
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.
Palisades Park palms
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.
Puppy and his stick
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.
Happy puppy chewing on his stick
However, maybe with this big stick (below) he really has bitten off more than he can chew!
Cooper finds himself a new stick - it's too big boy
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.
Santa Monica Palisades Park
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.
View from park of Santa Monica beach
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.  
The Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica
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.
Santa Monica beach and pier
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.  
Jason & Cooper in Palisades Park
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...

P.S. don't forget to vote for your favourite summer movie so far, I can't believe there aren't more Dark Knight fans out there with its phenomenal box office success!

1 comment:

The Hunky Gardener said...

Good on ya for getting personal training. You will look like MW in no time! You and Cooper should have a big party. You can invite other dog owners over and you can all brag about who's dog is better! Considering you are home alone in California I don't feel the least bit sorry for you!

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