Every morning, I take Max and Emma for their morning walk between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. At that time of morning, I'm barely coherent as I haven't had my coffee yet!
Max is almost 16 years old. He's all business in the morning. He goes about his business immediately. He spends the rest of the walk smelling whatever dog has walked the same way in the last day. Granted, he's blind now and smell is what he does best!!
Emma, on the other hand, is a totally confident extrovert. She greets each morning with boundless energy and enthusiasm. The ducks at the pond? Obviously they are out there just to be herded by her. The lady who jogs past us every morning? Emma has to start running behind her! Never mind the fact we go the opposite direction.
The older couple that walks every morning? Please...everyone knows they come outside just to pet her. If they forget their purpose, Emma is quick to remind them by whining. If whining doesn't appear effective, she'll then begin talking just to make sure they don't pass her by.
The kids on the way to the bus stop? Really...school is just what they say. Emma knows they actually come outside each morning to pet her. Seriously, what else could be that important?
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Perhaps Emma has a few lessons she could teach me.