The questioning and trusting eyes from every one of my pooches and their visible delight on our walks makes every second worthwhile.
Exhausted in Deptford Park last night I laid down on the grass in the sun with Tom and let him bounce and throw himself all over me, occasionally planting tiny kisses on my face and dropping his ball on my stomach to continue playing football with him; his delight made me reflect on my eventful week.
Hurtling on my rickety bike from one customer to the next, on Monday I found a 2lb opened bag of apples bitten into and arranged on every stair of the house! These were accompanied by little cardboard plant pots housing compost that was also obviously savoured – Oh no! I thought, diarrhea tomorrow. Sure enough, armed with plenty of kitchen roll and poo-bags Tuesday brought the squirts. In my haste to clear the mess from the pavement, still hanging on tightly to the dog’s lead, I cleared as best I could, only to discover the retractable dog-lead had found it’s way into the mess, then all over my hands. No problem, I found a tree with big leaves and got rid of the goo enough to get back and disinfect the lead and myself. Onto my next customer and would you believe it, after selecting a prominent place on the public footpath my next customer decided to squat and crap right in front of someone’s gate. She came hurtling out and shouted “I hope you’re gonna clear that mess, it’s going to stink like shit” – full of apologies, I cleared the mess, only to discover (once again) after I’d taken new hold, that the heavy leather training lead had also dropped in the crap and was on my fingers! No problem, the park we were headed for had a quiet little stream so I washed my hands and lead thoroughly then headed home at the end of our walk to disinfect and clean my hands and the lead once again.
Then came my one-off visit with a beautiful Sharpe who greeted me with nose-kisses.
What a wonderful week, I never get bored! Ah! The weekend – a little rest and recuperation ready for whatever pickles we get into next week. Have a good weekend all :) Maria