It began with my normal 6:30 routine. Get up, potty the dogs, feed dogs, sheep and horse. The bonus began at around 7:00 when I went back to bed!!!! It was golden! I slept until about 10:30. Let's face it, my schedule rarely allows for sleep ins, and when I am one happy camper!
After a leisurely breakfast, and once the paper was read, I laced up my runners (which I have not done for a very, very long time), gathered up the Borders and went for a run. While it was rather windy out, the sun was shining and that is something to never take for granted! It was amazing. I had two dogs heeling on one side, one on the other. And all on leash! (Tessa opted to remain home in the yard.) They were all well behaved and had excellent leash manners. I felt like a superstar. I was being pretty careful taking walk breaks because the babies and I aren't used to running on pavement and I don't want any injuries. (My vet cleared 30 minute runs with them.) Normally I use my iPod as a crutch, but today (with ear still ouchy) I ran and just enjoyed the time with my pack.
Next, I refueled with a protein shake, collected up Reba and went and worked sheep. I've been out to Ken's a few times working on some issues with her. And we're back to feeling good as a team. It never fails to astound me how much difference a little good coaching can do. I was able to get my timing right and saw an immediate improvement. I also learned Reba's lack of rate was directly linked to her slicing her Come Bye flank. It was like magic seeing how quickly and easily some of these problems disappeared.
With Reba worked, I did some leash work with the pups in the park. Ryder was a happy little fellow and is showing great strides in his ability to stay focused with distractions around us. Diva came with me to the barn where she exhibited wonderful manners with strange sights and sounds. Returning home, both pups got some playtime while I had a snack.
My evening involved meeting with my mom and sister-in-law to have dinner, followed by the ballet. We had a delicious meal, with an equally delicious desert (S'Mores = yum!) And the ballet was amazing. One of the best I've ever seen. One of the best shows period, that I've ever seen. It gave me chills and brought a tear to my eye. The dedication, training and athleticism is phenomenal. I love the passion these people brought to the stage.
It was hands down, an excellent day. The only thing missing was a ride (still grounded due to ear issues.) Then it would have been a perfect day. As it was, it was a day that fed my soul. That brought me joy. And that made me believe I'm finally, finally coming out of my self-imposed hibernation. (Yes Jeanne, I just may feel like putting on make-up, wearing a fancy dress, sitting amongst adults with a glass of wine.)
Here's to feeding your soul!