Hiking the Zoo was, of course, brilliant. A steep uphill climb for about 90 minutes and then a precipitous walk along the ridge until curving down to the main line and around and back up again to finally do the steep descent to where we started – about five hours hiking all told.
We met a lot of people today – which was fine except for the fact that Abby tried to do her usual thievery. I averted the crises twice and, when we finally stopped for lunch, tied her up to a tree. This made me feel like a total cad (and I am still not over it) and yet, as J said, it didnt’ hurt her one bit and let the rest of us enjoy our lunch. And she had just thrown a terrible temper tantrum when I stopped her from stealing a backpack.
It really disturbs me when she does that – not so much the fact that she throws herself on her back like a spoiled child, flailing away with all four paws, but that I then have to haul her up by the collar and be very stern with her. I don’t like it! There! Had to get that off my chest.
My can’t Abby be constantly sweet and loving and loveable without ever being bad so I can always be sweet and loving to her?
Oh? Am I wishing for something that isnt’ real life? Well, gosh – what a surprise!
I can’t even begin to think how awful parents must feel when they have to discipline their children!
But enough of that – and enough of me focussing on all the work (some rather unpleasant) that I have to do tomorrow. I was so preoccupied this morning, I forgot to bring Abby’s leash (thank goodness D. had brought a spare) and I had to go back for my camera and credit card. Then we had to back to J’s house because she forgot her jacket. Guess it was just one of those days.
Speaking of “one of those days,” it was so beautiful. Let’s dwell on that.