The Day The Penny Stood Still

Guys, something happened yesterday. A thing I was not even sure was a thing. Allow me to explain.

After our long road trip back to Chicago, I figured the pups would be eager to stretch their legs.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, cute, chicago, blog

I expected wild-eyed Eko pouncing 

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But he was completely listless at the park yesterday morning

“Well, I guess he’s tired from our long week,” I thought. Penny didn’t run at the park either, but I assumed it was because there were no other dogs around. So later in the day I loaded up the pups and headed to the dog beach.

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I expected to see Penny tear across the shore, happy to be back in her favorite place

That’s when it happened. Or didn’t happen. I unhooked Penny’s leash, ready to see the familiar rust-colored blur take off. Instead, Penny did the most unthinkable thing of her year and a half on this planet. Penny stood still.

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Penny joined Eko and I on the bench for a quiet reprieve

The three of us sat on the bench, exhausted. It was the first time in the past week we had a moment to collect ourselves. I smiled at the realization that it is in fact possible to tire Penny out. All you need to do over the course of six days is drive 30+ hours and relentlessly intersperse backyard sprints, off-leash trail runs and leashed jogs with non-stop dog-wrestling. No sweat.

After a few minutes on the bench, we all wearily walked back to the car. It seemed as if the non-stop action of the past week simultaneously caught up with us. Back home, the pups retreated to recharge on the chairs.

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“Yes, Will, I can get tired. Now can I please have a treat and a nap?”

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Eko was so tired he fell asleep with his eyes open

As for me, I sat down on the couch to enjoy the short lived phenomenon of a completely exhausted Penny. “I can do anything right now!” I thought.

So what did I do? I decided to close my eyes, “just for a minute,” and woke up an hour later to Penny furiously wagging her tail in my face.

I guess there’s two important lessons here. One, it is in fact possible to tire Penny out. Two, it is impossible to tire Penny out without exhausting yourself too!

21 Comments

It works for me I emotionally wear myself out when we take long trips. If you want a quiet pooch you take them for a car ride. Works for kidswithoutpaws also

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