A Run, A Rant, and A Question
Hi friends! We’ve had kind of a drama-filled morning over here!
It’s cold out, but it’s also REALLY nice and sunny, so instead of hitting the gym, I took my workout outside and hit the pavement for a run. I decided to take Ella along—I really feel bad for her in the winter. She’s a herding dog, so she has TONS of energy, but living in Pennsylvania, we just can’t get her outside as much as we’d like. When it’s nice out, we always make an effort to take her out as much as possible, so this morning, I strapped her leash on her and she came along with me on the run. We covered 4.5 miles in about 45 minutes, which I think is pretty good, considering the fact that the sidewalks were still covered with snow! I’m so glad that I’m running more outside this winter—there’s something that’s actually really nice about it, once you get over the snow, the ice, and the frozen snot.
Anyway, after our run, I swung back by the house to pick up Baxter and continue on with both dogs for a walk. The three of us walked around the neighborhood, and after about a mile, I turned around to head home—this is when the drama hit. We began walking up a street about two blocks from our house, when a striped pit pull emerged, leash-less and owner-less, from a side alley. I held the dogs still, and after a few seconds, the owner came out of her house and began calling the dog’s name, with no response. The dog kept coming our way, and I could tell right then that there was going to be trouble. You could just tell that she was in an aggressive, territorial mode. So, the owner keeps calling her and finally comes out of the house in her robe—it’s an older woman, probably about sixty. The dog makes her way over to us and begins circling Ella; they both kind of engage in a stand-off, and then all hell erupts and the dog lunges for Ella, basically attacking her. THEN, poor Baxter begins to bark and cry, and the dog goes for HIM as well! This whole time, the woman is just half-heartedly trying to get a hold of her dog, while I’m trying to get myself detangled from Ella’s leash, which wrapped around me when the dogs were fighting. I keep pulling Ella and Baxter away, and the dog just keeps following us, with the owner trying to grab her without success. So THEN, as if things couldn’t get worse, the dog lunges for Baxter again, Baxter slips his collar, and runs towards the busy intersection of the cross street. FINALLY, the woman got a hold on the dog and drags her in the house, as I’m yelling after her, “She needs to be on a LEASH. You need to PUT HER ON A LEASH!!!” And she’s just kind of like, “Yeah, I know.” She doesn’t apologize ONCE.
So, at this point, I have to run after Baxter to keep him from running further into the traffic. I finally get his collar back on him, and we head home. My legs were SHAKING—I was SO mad!!!!!! I told the whole story to Ryan, and I practically started crying. I told him—that dog could have easily killed Baxter in about five seconds flat. If you KNOW your dog is aggressive, why on earth would you let her out of the house to use the bathroom across the street without a leash?!? PLUS, if your dog attacks another dog, the least you can do is APOLOGIZE.
Okay. Rant over. The important thing is that we’re all safe and sound. I think the excitement really wiped Baxter out:
Actually, that’s kind of what he always looks like.
After our drama-filled morning, I was more than ready for a delicious lunch this afternoon. I had a lot of time on my hands and we have a surplus of veggies in the fridge, so I decided to cook up a stir-fry with cabbage, mushrooms, red pepper, and edamame. It was a nice change from my usual salad or wrap!
Mmmmm….good and warm!
Okay, I know this is a long post, but we need your help deciding what we should do with the room! The floors are coming along—we put on another coat of stain, and now we’re just waiting for it to dry. As of right now, we’re talking about three options in terms of what to do with the walls of the room.
A) Paint the window frame a bright color
B) Paint the baseboards a bright color (even if we leave them white, we’re going to have to repaint them because the stain got up on the edges, as you can see)
C) Paint the baseboards AND the window frame a bright color, or
D) Leave all of it white, but get some bright, colorful curtains
Okay—what do you think? All opinions welcome!!!