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Taper Week and Adopting a Dog

Posted Oct 04 2011 9:40am

Since this is my last week of training, I woke up this morning and……didn’t run!  Ha!  It was wonderful!  Is this what it’s like to not be on a training schedule?! ;-)

I’m trying to find the balance between resting my legs and not letting them get tight, so I’ll probably squeeze one or to 3-milers and maybe some yoga in before the race, but nothing more than that.  Gotta keep my legs ready!  To be honest, I’m so used to running that I’m actually feeling antsy resting so much.

My Sunday was filled with a lot of uncertainty.  As you all probably know by now, I love dogs.  My family has always owned dogs and my parents are as crazy about them as I am.  I guess it’s genetic.

Every day, literally, I scroll through our local animal shelter, the Town Lake Animal Center’s webpage, in search of dogs I would consider adopting.  Each time I look, I find several dogs that I go completely ga ga over and will go visit them in the shelter to see if they’re the right fit.

Well, I was doing my usual browsing on Saturday when I came across a Corgi/Beagle mix that made my heart melt.  I showed Vince and he asked if I wanted to go see it, so of course I happily hopped into the car.

When we got to the shelter, we took it (well, her) out for a walk and let her play with us in an enclosed area.  I fell in love with her the moment I met her.  She was incredibly sweet, cute, loving, people-oriented and very responsive.

She’s pretty fat, probably due to her previous owners over-feeding her, but I think I can get her into shape.

My major concern is the financial aspect of owning a dog.  I’m worried about unexpected large costs, like if the dog ends up having major health problems and needs a lot of medical treatment.  I’m also unsure about what to do with her when I travel.  I know I can leave her with friends but I feel kind of weird depending on others each time.

I liked this little dog so much I went back on Monday to play with her again.  I need to make up my mind soon.

Monday was filled with good eats.

Roasted potatoes and broccoli with chicken salad.  I realize that that helping of potatoes looks entirely too big but lay off!  I’m …er, carb-loading.

I also made the easiest cookies ever:  Pumpkin Spice Cookies.  I got this recipe from a friend.  Apparently it’s pretty well known so I don’t know how I never knew about them because they’re so easy!  Here’s the recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix together 1 box Spice Cake Mix and 1 15oz can of Pumpkin
  3. Place on greased cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes

Oh my, these came out incredible.  They were soft, moist, and very pumpkin-y.  I messily frosted ours with cream cheese frosting and enjoyed!

You guy should try these.  They’re so simple and so delicious!

Off to get some work done!


Are you guys dog-owners?  Were you ever hesitant about getting a dog?  What were your concerns?

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