So a quick recap of last night's events: I spoke to the vet yesterday and Vladdy's test results came back negative so she thinks that his health problems are the result of stress. I can see that, the little dude whines or cries constantly whether he's locked up in his kennel or out in the living room, or even on a walk with me. He seems to never relax which I was hoping was just a puppy thing and he would grow out of it but he seems to be getting worse with age because his constant stress and "at attention" attitude are leading to more destructive or undesirable behavior as he gets bigger. It's clear that he's not getting enough daily exercise but he's not mentally stimulated enough by just walking with me so we're going to have to invest a lot more time, as a team, in training and teaching him to keep him intellectually challenged.
Yesterday we picked up a cheap clicker for a dollar and worked with him on laying down in a certain spot in the living room for gradually extended periods of time. This A) mentally stimulates him because he is learning and B) rewards him for relaxing so that, hopefully, he'll start to enjoy it and do it more often.
After a brief session of that we took him to the dog park and let him go crazy and blow off steam but he drank INSANE amounts of water while there, so much that his tummy was grossly extended and we were pretty worried about it. When we got home he still hadn't eliminated the water so I took him for a walk hoping to inspire a tinkle and get my remaining 2 miles done at the same time. After a mile and a half he laid down and wouldn't get up, probably a combination of being just dog tired and obviously way too hot. I ended up carrying him a quarter of a mile home and he's doing great this morning but had a marathon tinkle at 5 am. It had to be 2 or 3 cups worth of fluid, easily.
Now on to IT classes. They started on Monday but my school has been having website issues since Sunday night which threw everyone for a bit of a loop. The school has been very good about maintaining contact with the students through it though, including 3 update emails and a courtesy call from my academic counselor. I was able to get my participation in on Tuesday, though I would have preferred to do it on Monday, but I still have plenty of time left in the week to get it all completed on time barring another issue. According to this morning's email the issues are fixed and the professors are cutting everyone some slack on timing to make up for it. The class seems to be an extremely basic level so far, more or less defining common computer and technology terms such as Information Technology versus Information Systems. It's been fun so far though because some of the terms are for systems or products that I am already familiar with but didn't know the precise term for them so I am learning something that I can even apply at work already after just a few days. It feels good to finally be out of gen-eds and into my major.
Last night on the way to the dog park Snackers pinched my knee with his hand in the car and said "wow, I couldn't ever do that before" and I said "Because my leg was too fat?" and he said "yeah!" lol. Then he tugged on my jeans and said "look, they're even loose enough that I can pinch and tug on them, wow!". I have a very, very good man. :)
8 glasses of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
1 Healthy Choice lunch
3 Ahi Tacos
>>w/ homemade slaw
Daily Caloric Intake: 1,072
My Bad, I know: I forgot to eat breakfast and before I knew it lunch time had arrived so I had my usual, figuring I'd have a snack before dinner to get my calories up but then I got stuck on the phone until almost 6 p.m. for work and by then Snackers was hungry and ready for dinner. I ate an extra taco (serving size is supposed to just be two) and felt full to the gills so I thought "I'll have something small in an hour or two". Then I went out to work out, came in and drank a bunch of water, ate a drumstick, and then whammo ... it was bed time.
4 flights of stairs
Walking: 1 mile (2,100 steps)
Sprinting: 20 - Did 4, then 3, then 5, and then 5 more with 40-breath rests in between sets. POOPED I TELL YA!!!