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December 16, 2015 travel holidays

Home for the Holidays, Day 27 - Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Today was a stay-at-home-and-work day.

On our morning walk, I worked on Alfie’s tendency to pull. After the rest of our routine, I also started training him to fetch my slippers, which involved getting him to touch the slipper with his nose (by name), then put his mouth on it.

I read another of my new Anne McCaffrey books, then took Alfie out for a short run in a neighborhood nearby (which drove all the local dogs crazy). We were only a mile and a half into the run when I started feeling raindrops, so we headed back. Luckily our loop off the main road was such that we were only half a mile from the RV park, and we made it back before it really started pouring.

I continued training Alfie in short bursts throughout the afternoon, progressing to picking up the slipper, dragging it a short ways, and then completely lifting it off the ground and moving with it. On his breaks we watched FRIENDS and I read more of the dog-training book from yesterday, which offered some good insight into dog psychology.

Intermediary step of slipper-fetching: take it”

I also made myself some fancy grilled cheese on the paleo bread we got yesterday. I need to experiment with paleo bread recipes on my own still because the kind we got tends to fall apart and has a too-spongy texture. I made a brie/fig half-sandwich and pate/sharp cheddar one as well, rounded out by some of the leftover soup from yesterday.

After catching up with Christian on his progress, I wound up falling asleep for a couple hours (so I haven’t run in a while, NBD) while he worked and made phone calls.

The training continued, this time adding the cue bring it” and basking in the adorableness as Alfie successfully brought me my slippers. (The bit at the end of the gif is Christian telling me he didn’t actually get it on camera and my righteous incredulity.)

Successful slipper retrieval mission

Christian caught up with friends/family on phone calls while I started a new #practical post about how we plan our travels. I watched some more TV trying to stave off a headache while Christian started learning French via duolingo, and we turned in early since tomorrow’s a driving day.


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