- I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...
The Poem That Inspired My Blog's Subtitle
Bear and Babybear
Saturday, May 16, 2009
(photo taken April 2008)
I have been feeling bad about not walking Emma lately. The weather here has been unpredictable as of late. We've had some really nice days and some really crappy days. Just in the last 2 weeks alone, we've had a couple nearly hot days, a few rainy days and even snow. In addition to the weather, my motivation, or lack thereof, has been an issue too. The days I have most energy, I tend to forget about walking her because I'm catching up on housework, etc. Excuses, perhaps, but I really do feel bad.
As some of you may recall, we were in the midst of training Emma when my husband's cancer returned. ( You can see a little video clip of her training here. ) Emma is a much better walker now than she was a year ago. But part of the reason for this is because I have been using the pinch collar that the trainer gave to us. I really dislike the pinch collar, and because of her shape it is not always effective on Emma. If I make it one link smaller, it is too tight on her, and it is barely effective at the size it is now, or more likely, she has come to tolerate it. Between that, and the fact I do not have the right kind of strength to snap it in an effective way, it does not really work. She still walks better than she did before any training so it's not always bad. But again, I noticed that if I do not use the pinch collar, she tends to revert back to some of her old bad walking habits.
So, I have been considering to use the Halti. I have heard some good things about it, and in fact, I even bought one but have yet to use it. I found this website that talks about how to use a Halti. I am going to try this method I think. I am hoping that by the end of Spring, I'll be back into the habit of walking Emma again every day or every other day at the very least.
Have any of you used the Halti? What have your experiences with it been like? I'd love to hear what you have to say.
Now, if you excuse me, I'm going to take my doggie for a walk!