Time for a break from recapping Winston’s early days. I thought I’d share the typical day in the life of The Winston Dog.
7:00 AM – Wake up reluctantly & stumble out of his crate & head downstairs.
7:05 AM – Eat breakfast, which consists of a mix of Blue Buffalo dry food & Blue Buffalo wet food. Since he’s a strange lab & becomes picky about his food, a little shredded Cabot cheddar cheese is sprinkled on top.
7:35 AM – After lounging around for awhile, it’s time to head outside and take care of bathroom chores. Since this is rarely a cut & dry process, we spend a great deal of time sniffing all the new smells from overnight, finding grass to chew, stealing sticks & playing fetch before taking care of business.
7:50 AM – Once the potty issues have been completed, the leash is fastened and off we go to grab the newspaper from the box. The leash goes on because we occasionally like to visit the neighbors across the street. Sometimes it’s a ball left by one of the kids in the front yard, other times it’s their little dog (affectionately known as Nemesis) or their cat.
8:00 AM – Back to the crate for a nap as Mommy & Daddy head off to work.
10:00 AM – Somewhere around this time every weekday, Winston’s savior, his Bompie, comes over to dog sit for the day. If it wasn’t for his Bompie, he would be spending all day locked in his crate or be sent off to doggy day care. Instead, he gets to stay in his home, doing what he likes to do.
Now, I’m not sure exactly what goes on all day (perhaps Bompie can leave a comment), but I guess it involves chewing on socks & rawhides, playing fetch with his numerous toys laying around, a bathroom break, looking out the window & a nap or two.
5:00 PM – Bompie leaves for the day, so back in the crate he goes.
6:00 PM – Daddy comes home & outside to play we go (weather permitting). Some more of his much-needed exercise and hopefully, the last bathroom trip of the day.
6:45 PM – Dinner, which is exactly the same as breakfast. Boring, I know, but we mix up his flavors of wet food.
8:00 PM – Depending on how tired he is, this is usually his bedtime, so back to the crate he goes. We would keep him up longer, but the poor guy tries to take a nap with us downstairs, but because he is so attention hungry, he can’t ignore any sound or movement made by anyone or anything (cats).
11:30 PM – I wake him up to take him out for one last pee for the night. This is quite the process, as he lays down on the floor outside of his crate for some lovin’. Once he makes it out of the bedroom, the scene is repeated at the top of the stairs. After some more sugar, we finally make it outside and then back up to bed. Due to the amount of local wildlife (coyotes, for one), all nighttime outside visits are done with a leash.
Rinse, repeat, with some minor variations every weekday. Weekends are spent with a later wake-up call (like his Dad, he likes to sleep in) and less naps. There’s nothing better than a tired Winston.
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