I've had a very hard day today, and I think I've done my back in. Walking big dogs that pull you along can be extremely tiring. When I walk Henry, I can use the halti on him which he hates and tries to pull off, or I can walk very fast to match my pace with his pace, which makes less stress on the arms and shoulders. I find walking fast the easier option. Mind you he has improved greatly over the last few months, he doesn't pull half as much as he used to.
We did a 7.30am walk for an hour , then at 11am my friend came round to help me walk Lady as well. Lady is not as big as Henry, but my goodness she can pull your arms out of their sockets. Graham her owner said she can walk miles on a long walk, but still pulls as much at the end as the beginning. We were walking for almost two hours, so both dogs had loads of excercise. Henry can go off the lead in safe places, but Lady can't, Graham said she would not come back, so it was a matter of hanging on to her.
I probably go a bit over the top with the dog walking, always making sure they get plenty of excercise and fun and games. It's terrible when some people can't be bothered to take their dogs out, I don't know why they have them. You wouldn't leave your grandma in an empty house all day on her own, so why should leaving a dog be any different. Me and henry went back to Lady's house at tea time to let her out into the garden. We stayed there for an hour and a half, and the two dogs were having a wonderful time playing together, I think Henry is smitten.
Anyway, my back has had a bit of a hammering today. This afternoon I was bending down clipping the grass round the edges with the shears, before I mowed the lawn and as I was leaning forward I felt something go. Now I have a dull ache just below my waist on the left side and I can't straighten up. I think I have pulled a muscle and I am hoping that after a nights sleep it will feel better. I'll try and take it easy tomorrow and take Henry where he can go off lead, got to get right for my hike next week, I'm wanting to do at least fifty miles. Toodle pip.