As soon as we get up in the morning, we go out for a walk. #1 says it's the best way to wake up gently, especially if the weather is nice, as it is today, and it gives me the opportunity to channel some of the energy that has built up overnight. We start by walking up the lane, all the way to the road. I know I am supposed to stop at the last electricity pole before the road, and wait for #1 who gives me a treat. I then gallop straight into the big field (not ploughed yet!) and it's stick time!
#1 accuses me of spending almost as much time chewing on the sticks as I do running after them, but a dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do, and I do love to chew!!! So #1 always makes sure she takes several sticks
I get to go out a little after lunch, but that's just in the garden, and #1 will often do bit of outdoor work, with which I always help. She does say she is grateful that I am not a digger, though! I just steal and chew the little plastic pots plants come in...
The next big outing is mid-afternoon in winter and late afternoon in the spring and summer, and this is the tricky one. I don't always feel from #1 the same enthusiasm and energy levels that I have. I see her sitting at her desk, working, and sometimes dreaming of naps. But I want to run and play! So, I use mental projection. I sit behind her and stare very hard at her back until she turns around, and this is what she sees:
Does she have any choice? Would you hesitate? Of course not!!! And we're off to the smaller field, the one we call "Tom's Field" for a long game of tennis ball or Frisbee.
Tama-Chan: My mental imagery is not quite the same, and occasionally (especially when the weather is not great) I win!!!