Seeing as Scooter was recently declared a tubby-tubberson, I decided that for my normal walk today, I'd take him along.
See, normally, I take Scooter out for a short walk, return him to the house, and then Norah and I go for our long walk. Why not take Scooter for the normal long walk? In short, he's a pain and a half to walk.
He wants to stop and sniff, and pee on, every. single. blade. of. grass. Not to mention, Scooter has become increasingly neurotic* over the past few years, so each time something unexpected crosses our path -- a stray leaf, for example -- he abouts jumps out of his skin and immediately wants to head home. He was so scared of a high school kid who waits for the school bus, that one day, Scooter seriously pulled himself OUT of his collar to avoid passing this teen.
So, if I take Scooter for a long walk, I feel like I am either dragging him along the entire time or being dragged along. Most of the time, I don't want to hassle with him, so that's why I leave him at home. But, in light of his recent obesity diagnosis, I decided that I should begin hauling him along. It was a pain, but he did alright, especially once we got a few blocks in and he kinda settled into the idea that he was going the distance. Plus, it's been an overcast day, and this morning's weather was downright cool and pleasant, so I enjoyed the walk.
And, it was a successful day in terms of simply removing him from Norah while she was eating. In fact, despite having to listen to him whine at our bedroom door while we're eating, I think it makes mealtime less stressful for me. Before, it was beginning to feel like meals were a 3 ring circus where I felt I was either constantly reprimanding Norah for giving Scooter food or I was constantly threatening to BBQ Scooter if he wouldn't quit leaping in the air to try and take her food.
In time, I'm sure he'll just get used to having to be put away during meal and snack time and I won't have to listen to him crying in there. But really, after listening to a child cry, I'm pretty immune to the whimpers of a dog.
*I asked the vet if Scooter's increased anxiety in the past few years could be medicated. Actually, I specifically asked the vet if there was a "shot for Annoying." The vet just laughed at me (he thought I was joking?) and said that he could give Scooter doggie Valium but that the effects were that it would make him lethargic. Now, a lethargic Scooter doesn't sound entirely bad to me, but ultimately, I guess I'd rather not have him feel dopey, so I opted against the Valium prescription.