I did it. I wore out Rumble. It’s taken me 2 years to figure out and now that I’ve done it, I thought I’d share the steps with any of you who might be in a similar situation. After following these 5 simple steps, we got home and he basically crashed right away. He didn’t even beg for cookies like he usually does.
Here we go.
- Wait until the temperature reaches at least 26 degrees and about 1:30pm
- Tell him you’re going for a walk, and since it’s about the normal time, he’ll go with you
- Surprise him by offering a longer than usual walk to a place he’s never been. Dog’s are curious by nature so he’ll go along
- After an hour in the sun, and a huge long walk in the scorching sun (with stops for shade and water), and a brief play in the dog park, your dog will now be “plumb tuckered” or “worn out.”
Your time and distance may need to vary. Note, this is also a good recipe for removing those unwanted pounds after 4 days of vacation and a weekend of good food (you and dog).
Seriously though – if you haven’t been to the Southside of False Creek between Science World and the Cambie Bridge lately, I highly recommend visiting. They’ve got the Seawall path open again, after months of closure and construction. The construction of the condos is not complete so it’s a little desolate on the southern edge, but the north side, along False Creek is incredible!
They’ve really developed the walk along there into something nice.
- They’ve got separate bike (paved) and pedestrian (stone) paths
- Drinking fountains along the way (non-functional today)
- Lots of benches along the path and even sculpture-like lawn chair contraptions in various places
- Several “lookouts” jutting over False Creek with great views, and stairs leading down to the water (why?)
- Nice planted areas with trees (needing more growth) and flowers and shrubs
- A nice metal bridge over an inlet/pond area
- Informational signage explaining the heritage and future of the area
I have to admit, I’m worn out too, but we both feel good. Right Rumble? Rumble? Rumble? Excuse me a minute