O Angelina

A Girl and Her Dog: Living, Loving, & Enjoying the Little Things

Running Again

Adventures, Doggies, Charlotte NC, Love It, Laylatude, RunningAngelina OberdanComment

In a recent interview, I said that I wanted to start running again. See, the deal is that I have a bad hip, and so my ability to run sort of comes and goes, but when my mom puts on her running shoes, I get really excited no matter how I feel.

I used to be a great runner: 

I mean, I've had this bad hip since I vaulted over a pile of logs when I was a pup and got nailed by one of the logs in my hip. But I guess since I'm getting older (I am not that old yet!), my hoomans worry about me a little more. 

They do lots of things to keep me in good shape like taking me on walks everyday and giving me glucosamine chondroitin and puppy pain killers when I need them, but I still really want to run again. 

I really do just get so excited when my mom puts on her running shoes. 

So I begged and begged, and finally my hoomans are letting me run a little. We don't go very fast, but that's okay with me. I just like to feel the wind in my ears. 

Last Tuesday, we got to go to Matthews' Beer Temple Running Club.

Bogart didn't do so great with the traffic, but I showed him how to handle it. And Fin got to run with my dad because they're both pretty fast. 

It was so much fun because there were lots of people to pet us afterwards. Again, Bogart was kind of bad--jumpy and scratchy--, but Fin and I are so good I don't think anyone minded.

And then last Saturday, Mom took us running on McAlpine Greenway because it was so nice outside. 

And we are so good on and off leash that we got tons of compliments! Clearly this means that I should get to go running a lot more. 


Did you see we got interviewed!?

Doggies, Layla Reviews, Love ItLayla Comment

Check it out: my mom and I got interviewed! 

Here's just one quick highlight: 

Why did you decide to start a blog?What do you enjoy about blogging?

I started our blogs because I wanted to write about everything I love, a little less formally than I would elsewhere. I guess I enjoy sharing. I also enjoy looking back at what I’ve done and realizing it’s fun enough to write about.

On the other hand, Layla needs a voice because no one at home listens to her, despite how vocal she is. She really has opinions on everything, growling when we come home from work to when the puppy gets too close to her toes. That’s why she started blogging. And she enjoys it because she can use the blog as an excuse to do fun things like going to a local lake on Fridays or even visiting local breweries.


The Great Lake Escapes

Adventures, Charlotte NC, Doggies, Love It, PetsLayla Comment

Even when our humans are busy, they still escape with us to the lake! 

I'm not going to lie to you. Since we haven't been hiking or swimming in awhile (freakin' winter), we were a little uncoordinated at first.

Fortunately, our mom is patient. She didn't kill us, and she let us swim! 

Fin and I love swimming because when we lived in Clemson, we got to run on Lake Hartwell's dyke all the time. On the other hand, Bogart is brand, stinkin' new to swimming. He did okay, but like always, he just wanted to play fetch. [Eye roll.] 

He learned pretty quickly that logs can be really slippery. Mom had to help him out of the lake once. She said next time he's wearing a life jacket (if she can find it.)

Really, we like wading in the muddy parts just as much as we like swimming. And even though the lake we go to now is little-bity compared to Lake Hartwell, there are lots of herons to watch. 

So we've tried out best to keep it together and actually listen so that they'll keep taking us on Friday afternoons. 

See? Ma? How cute are we? 


It's Been Way Too Long: Welcome Bogart!

Charlotte NC, Doggies, Laylatude, PetsLayla Comment

It's been way too long since I posted anything (November, oi!), but that's because my mom has been really busy, and I don't have thumbs. 

The big news is that we got a third dog. Meet Bogart! 

I have to admit that I haven't been the best dog since we got him. At first I didn't like him very much, and then I realized that my parents weren't paying much attention to me because he was so bad. So I went frolicking with the deer and (!) starting stealing food from the counter again. 

I only steal from the counter when it's worth it. Like one time I ate a bacon/chocolate-chip cookie. (Don't worry; there wasn't enough chocolate in it to hurt me.) One time I ate fresh blueberry muffins. Since we got Bogart, I've stolen a loaf of bread and homemade gnocchi! My tummy hurt a little afterwards, but I have no regrets. 

Since I was so bad, I've been getting extra attention! Like Chantal came over to meet the puppy, and she ended up snuggling with me. And I get to play fetch and go on more walks then before. (Our people were getting lazy.) Obviously I'm still queen of the bed. 

And Bogart really bugs Fin a lot more than he bugs me. 

And I guess Bogart is doing okay. He's not so bad. 

So now we're a one-cat/three-dog pack. That just means more fun!