The run with Maisie today went really well. It's like we just picked up where we left off and Maisie seemed to be having a blast. We ran about 5.3 miles together and I hope to run even further with her next Thursday.
All that activity has resulted in a full day of canine slumber. Maisie was so quiet that I actually forgot she was here...I didn't walk her all afternoon and she never even woke up to remind me!
still sleepy-eyed 12 hours after the run
The dog runner is definitely money well-spent. I haven't found anything exactly like that service in the Boston area, but there are some companies that offer hiking and outdoor playgroups so I will be investigating those further. In the meantime, I was relieved to find a daycare for Maisie right by the new office. It's run out of a house with a yard and is small with lots of personal attention...of course, I still have to check it out in person. It has good reviews and the owner seems like she really loves dogs. On the downside, while she does accept mixes she doesn't take "purebred" pitties (whatever that means), which is a policy that obviously violates my usual "pit bull power" position. But the only alternative open past 6pm in that part of MA is a facility that routinely has 130 dogs a day, all together in a big warehouse and I knew that would be an awful and terrifying environment for Maisie. I realized in this case I need to set aside my pit bull activist persona in order to ensure the best possible situation for my little girl...so I am choosing the smaller daycare. I strongly believe Maisie will be much happier there and that's the most important thing. Forgive me, readers!
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