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January 7, 2014

Cabin Fever

I’m a bit late posting today because I had to break out of my own apartment.  Not break into, mind you.  Break OUT of. My front door was frozen stuck! Sending out an S.O.S. Eko was quite confused

I’m a bit late posting today because I had to break out of my own apartment.  Not break into, mind you.  Break OUT of. My front door was frozen stuck!

Sending out an S.O.S.

Eko was quite confused as to why I was wielding a blow dryer and a screw driver in battle against our front door, but he seemed to enjoy watching the spectacle. Eventually the door gave way and we headed out for our morning walk.


The ice that is trying to take over my apartment

It was a balmy -3 degrees this morning.  Considerably warmer than yesterday, but by no means weather either Eko or I have any interest in staying outside for.  While Eko rushed to get back inside this morning he was restless before I had even taken my boots off.

Normally Eko makes an excellent piece of living room furniture, but today he had a case of cabin fever.  Without a good romp in the past few days, he had energy to burn.

Instead of jumping on the couch to sleep, Eko was jumping over the couch to play

Until the weather warms up a bit, it’s up to me to help cure Eko’s cabin fever.

My first protocol is to feed Eko all his meals from his Kong Wobbler.  He’s now a pro at eating from it, but it still requires effort and engagement that help tire him out


Obedience training is one of my favorite ways to tire Eko mentally.  The focus and attention required from him really require effort on his part

And while my apartment does not have much room for romping, there are still ways to get Eko some physical activity.  I love playing tug-of-war for two reasons.  One, I really make Eko work to get the toy and two, I get to practice the “leave it” command when Eko is riled up.  “Leave it” is one of the most important commands when we’re out and about and tug-of-war really helps strengthen Eko’s response

And after a full morning of puzzles, training and play?

I have my favorite piece of furniture back!

Tomorrow the temperature should jump to around 14 degrees and on Thursday it will skyrocket to a tropical 25 degrees.  Eko and I will be back to our wintertime adventures shortly, but until then we’ll do our best to stay sane.

Comments for Cabin Fever

  1. Emma says:

    We are up to -1 today, so we just went out for a 40 minute walk to celebrate…it felt so nice and warm with the sunshine and all. I will send that weather eastward to you both 🙂

  2. we’re right there with ya! Since we are in the Detroit area, we get your weather about 6 hours after you so we are still below zero, tomorrow we will be in the teens. I practically can’t wait, crank up the grill!!!

  3. My two are going stir crazy as well. We played outside for a little bit this morning – them wearing coats too – but we came back in after ten min or so. My dogs are up to their chest in the snow so I had to trample a path for them.

    Eko looks like he enjoys his wobbler, I’ve been thinking about getting one for awhile but I always forget to look when I’m in the store. They seem to be really popular lately.

  4. Carrie says:

    If you have a treadmill he may enjoy walking or running on it. Of course what do I know? I live in Orange County California where it was 80 degrees on Christmas Day and isn’t much lower today. I LOVE your blog by the way and have followed it everyday since you started! I forward it to my husband quite frequently when I can’t stop laughing. We have three yorkies so our adventures aren’t quite as physical as yours. Can you say “living vicariously?”

  5. Granted I’m about 8 degrees warmer, we’ve still got ice up to our elbows. My pets keep forgetting the snow is too cold every 5 minutes we let them in/out.

  6. Wow, Will you really have some cold, I just thought 10 was bad. No wonder you all can’t get out so Eko can get in a good romp. That is sure a lot of ice and I hope it doesn’t continue growing on your apartment. Hugs and nose kisses sweet friends!

  7. Whee have seen all the cold weather your side of the pond on the news and whee were worried! Poor Eko must hate all the cold wet stuff on his paws!

    Hope it warms up where you are soon

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  8. Oh wow, I really feel for you dealing with Eko’s energy! Sounds like you’ve got some great plans for keeping the Big Guy well entertained at home, though. 🙂 Fortunately Daisy’s energetic bursts only last a few minutes, then it’s naptime for hours. We had to “break out” of our back door this morning too, but it wasn’t as severe as your ordeal sounded!

  9. Wow! That ice is really something. Were you at all worried that you would have to wait it out? I lived in Ontario, Canada as a girl, but after years in California, I’m quite spoiled. I hope you’re not in for a long, cold winter.

  10. I was watching the news last night and it showed Chicago and I did think about you guys. Hope you are not in too much longer. In the meantime stay warm and sane 🙂

  11. She really is a dog person, the indoor-blizzard was stopped the best way ever. YAY for your Emily! btw: I noticed that I’ve got more muscles in my legs since Easy decided to be a lapdog. ha! dog people have more fun and the best side effects too :o)

  12. fredrieka says:

    I love the look on Emily’s face, “I seen this before they will tire out”

  13. nerdgrl (Kim S.) says:

    I can’t imagine how hot you two get with Eko and Penny snuggled next to you…AND under the blankets no less. Steffi, as a mini schnauzer, was small and she would get too hot for us after awhile. The pups are the same color as your recliner; hard to see them in the next to last image! Up here in the North country we got none of the snowiness the rest of the country got though we’re supposed to get 1-3 around rush hour today. Oh joy.

  14. dashlilly says:

    They look so much alike now!!! Penny is really growing up. Good work managing the cabin fever!!

  15. I love how nonchalant Emily is about two huge dogs wrestling, practically on top of her! LOL Daisy is a “cabin-dog”, so cabin fever never enters into it with her. She gets her fill of the outdoors pretty quickly, though. I guess she’s as far from a Ridgeback in personality – and size – as a dog can be!

  16. coastingnz says:

    All three look super comfy. Our bed looks something similar – I leave Stephen there first thing in the morning while getting ready for guest breakfasts, boys have been fed so bed time with Dad – half the bed will still be left, they’ll snuggled up as close as possible to Dad!

  17. Ohhh! Good luck finding the beach today! 🙂 We’re just getting dumped on by rain, which is absolutely preferred to snow, it’s a torrential downpour in Portland so we’re donning rain jackets to play.

  18. KDKH says:

    That Emily is a real trooper — with admirable concentration skills!

  19. I was just thinking about how Emily looked completely oblivious to all that was going on around her and then you said it! I can tell she is super patient!

  20. Emmadog says:

    Good for Emily becoming a true dog parent…ignoring the fur kids! When it gets real cold, we get a bit restless too with shorter walks and shorter times outside in the yard. As soon as we wrestle in the house we hear “take it outside” and have to head out to the yard regardless of the weather.

  21. Wendy says:

    I love those last couple of photos. I’ve been thinking for a while now that Eko and Penny are on a mission to redefine the term ‘lap dog’ to include ridgebacks. Toy breeds could never get that coverage.

  22. Penny is like gambler and can’t sit still for long and I sit like that with my laptop too. LOL

  23. Kismet says:

    Been there, done that. All that work and a few months later, nobody cares or remembers.

  24. Cabin fever is serious business when you have a “Penny” in your house!!!! Good luck getting shoveled out and back out there so those two kids of yours can run, run, and run some more to get rid of all that built up energy (at least temporarily!).


  25. T&S says:

    Will, we have a problem to recognize them when they are wearing identical necklesses (had that problem with our dogs too, I am ashamed to say) 🙂
    Best regards to your whole pack from our pack 🙂

  26. Emily you are proof of who a good dog person is 🙂

  27. cafall says:

    Haha – she really is a dog person, isn’t she?

    Monty and Harlow

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