Meatballs, meds, and trail walking

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Gulliver, our senior springer spaniel, has been taking meds for his arthritis and Cushings disease for the last 6-9 months. Not only is he feeling better, but he has turned into an early riser. That, of course, means that his people (that’s Bob and me) must also rise early. Gully has taken to his new routine like a duck to water, but me…not so much. I’m okay when my feet hit the floor between 7 and 7:15, but any earlier than that is “crazy o’clock” in my book. I’m retired, you know, but Gulliver doesn’t seem to realize the significance of retirement.  Most mornings he’s ready for an early breakfast  around 6 am, followed by his meatballs. He loves his meatballs, which I make from canned dog food, the senior dog diet kind. Four mornings a week he gets three meatballs, each with one of his pills hidden inside. For some reason, Bob hasn’t mastered the meatball recipe (clever man), so as soon as Gulliver polishes off the morning ration of diet kibble that Bob poured into his food bowl, he ready for his meatballs. And because neither Bob nor Gulliver has mastered meatball making, that’s when I have to get up. And that, my friends, is why I was in the park, camera in hand, before 7 am to take pictures along the trail. The air was cool and the light was great. I took a few pictures along the river trail and some in the bog. These are my favorites:

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That’s it for today. To my surprise, I enjoyed my early morning trail walk, so tomorrow or another day soon, after Gulliver has his morning meatballs, I’ll hit the trail and see what I can find. My next blog post will be on Tuesday, because I’m committing to a new post from the trail every Tuesday, Thursday, and either Saturday or Sunday.

Thanks for joining me today for pictures from “along the trail.”

See you soon!
Trail Walker

9 Replies to “Meatballs, meds, and trail walking”

  1. I enjoyed the narrative of your morning and the resulting pictures. I haven’t taken to that early get up time either, but on an occasional time when I do it, it is so nice outside. I talk to myself about it, but I don’t listen.


    1. Hi Oneta. I smiled when I read your “confession” that you talk to yourself about getting out earlier. That pretty much describes where I have been too, but now that Gulliver has been waking up so early, I figure I might as well get up and take an early walk. The morning is a special time to be out along the trails.


  2. Is it not amazing the lengths we will go to for our pets!! Love them! I like your meatball idea as our 2 Frenchies also take meds for allegies. Your early morning walk was worth it – beautiful shots!!

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    1. Thanks, Camille. The meatball strategy works well, except that Gulliver believes that I am the only one capable of making meatballs. Bob can give him his bowl of kibbles, but then he wants me to make the meatballs…never mind that I may still be happily asleep. 😏


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