Walk the Dog

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When the financing on our first house fell through, I was most disappointed for… the dogs.  After five years of living in apartments, we were excited to finally ‘give’ the dogs a yard.  I had promised James, in particular, that he would be able to play outside all day long, and I feel a little guilty that I didn’t come through on my promise. 


Instead, I’ve been waking up a little earlier every day so I can take James on a nice, long walk.  We used to do as ‘long as necessary’ in the morning and a longer walk at night, but now we do a longer walk in the AM and the PM.  Good for me, good for James.  Everyone wins.


I think I walked him a bit too long today, though (40 minutes – Go James!) because he was pooped when we got back to the house. 


In case you’re thinking that I’m playing favorites, trust me – Maggie doesn’t want to go on 40 minute walks.  Her legs are too short. 


Remember the SAT analogy questions?


And I don’t do ultras. 


Before our walk, I had a glass of orange juice, a cup of coffee, a cup of water, and a cup of coconut water.  Holy hydration.


And afterwards, breakfast, which was prepared by the Husband.


Over easy eggs on toast with Mmmm Sauce (obviously), fruit, and Field Roast sausages, which I kind of picked at. Sometimes I love faux meat and sometimes it grosses me out.


Have a wonderful FRIDAY!



  • Khushboo August 5, 2011, 9:42 am

    Funny enough, I always assumed you lived in a house. Happy Friday!

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 9:52 am

      We live in a duplex but we dont have a private yard 🙁

      • Baking N Books August 5, 2011, 2:50 pm

        Honestly – houses are over-rated! I was reading an article on it last night – so much expense and responsibility – PLUS if you ever had to move or something happened, your stuck with a stuck in a not-great market. And…(I see this all the time in my job) – eventually when you get old, you can’t handle it anymore, sell it (and all the crap) and settle for a condo. If your lucky – and not having to go to a Home.

        Look at the bright side! 🙂

        • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 2:59 pm

          Link? I’d love to read!

        • Baking N Books August 5, 2011, 3:13 pm

          lol – I’ll see if I can find the source – it was in a newspaper article at the office. I try to stay away from the computer when I can -it’s not healthy for you 😉

          (Sorry – reading “The Digital Diet” – have you seen this book?!)

  • Michelle August 5, 2011, 9:47 am

    My dog gets pretty pooped when we take him on long walks. He’ll start walking sideways and sitting in the shade as if to say ‘I’m done!’

  • Kelly August 5, 2011, 9:49 am

    WOW! If I had that much liquid before a 40 minute walk I would have been taking pee stops with James at every tree! 🙂

  • Ann @ Day by Day August 5, 2011, 9:49 am

    My dog can run after a ball or chase dogs at the pet park for hours, but when I put her harness on to take her for a walk, after like 15 minutes she’s laying down in people’s yards pooped. People driving by laugh at us…

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 5, 2011, 9:58 am

    I love all the pup photos! Have a great weekend!

  • Poe at ThePoeLog August 5, 2011, 9:59 am

    Don’t worry about being a bad pet mom! The great thing about pets is they forgive. (And they have very short term memories)

  • Hillary August 5, 2011, 10:01 am

    As an English teacher, I must say that your analogy made me giggle out loud!

  • Angie August 5, 2011, 10:02 am

    He looked exhausted but in a good way!
    Like I feel after doing a good hard workout. I also tend to just lay on the grass 🙂

  • Orla August 5, 2011, 10:02 am

    I love when the dogs are so pooped they sleep all day. We have 2 energetic dogs. I take them for 3-5 mile hikes and the love it (I also get my hill runs in!) and they sleep for hours after it! Dogs are such a great incentive to get out and move! Love James and Maggie!!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 5, 2011, 10:08 am

    Such a cute pic of James on his back 🙂

  • Cheryl August 5, 2011, 10:09 am

    I feel the same way about fake meat. Sometimes I go crazy buying it and then it never gets eaten.

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life August 5, 2011, 10:11 am

    Too funny about maggie!

    Sometimes I like faux meat too and others I don’t… it depends on my mood and the brand! But I usually do like field roast!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 5, 2011, 10:20 am

    The dogs are so cute!! I would love to get one too, but right now it doesn’t really suit my schedule or living situation – I live in a condo-townhouse so there’s a bit of green space, but it’s not gated so the dog wouldn’t be able to run around freely. One day though! Have a wonderful Friday Caitlin!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 5, 2011, 10:22 am

    I’ve seen that doggie look after long walks. It’s the “I loved that mom but I need a nap now” look.

    Poor Maggie with her short legs and long body. She looks happy staying at home though 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 5, 2011, 10:22 am

    I think its great for a dog to have a backyard but given that you are attentive dog owners I am sure your pups are prefectly content in the apartment as well!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 5, 2011, 10:22 am

    I used to never eat ‘fake meat’, but have recently bought Field Roast “sausages” a few times this summer.
    I like it b/c it doesn’t really seem like fake meat to me… does that make sense? I don’t feel like it is trying to be something it is not. (Maybe I’m just weird?). We just had the Mexican Chipotle one last week – spicy city!


  • Amy August 5, 2011, 10:28 am

    I know what you mean about the yard. We’re renting a condo right now, and for the first time, we have our own backyard. It is the teeniest, tiniest little square of green space, but it’s amazing how nice it is to have something that’s “ours.” Makes all the difference!

  • allison @ thesundayflog August 5, 2011, 10:29 am

    can your husband come make me breakfast?? yum. i tried the field roast chipotle sausages, and they were good on a bun with spicy mustard, but i definitely dont think i could have eaten it alone. i prefer morning star veggie sausage 🙂

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count August 5, 2011, 10:29 am

    We actually just downsized to a smaller house than my old apartment so my dog can have a backyard…talk about sacrafice! I actually don’t regret it a bit!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 5, 2011, 10:30 am

    Cute analogy 🙂 I actually wrote an SAT one in my post today too. Rolling hills is to running what “cozy” is to real estate. Cute ways of downplaying something…hills & small!

  • Bee Goes Bananas August 5, 2011, 10:39 am

    I love taking Zeke for walks. I find myself skipping the gym more often because of our walks, but emotionally it makes me feel happier to do it sometimes!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs August 5, 2011, 10:49 am

    Love the analogy! I would love to have a dog (lab) but my apartment is to small to even consider it! At least you are trying to take James for longer walks.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 5, 2011, 10:54 am

    Haha great analogy!!

    I love a yummy, filling b-fast in the a.m. too 🙂

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food August 5, 2011, 10:57 am

    I LOVE James and Maggie! What an adorable pair!

    I totally know what you mean re having a yard, we finally share one but it’s not fenced in to leave our pup Mo outside without us. I’m hoping to have one in a few years so we can get him a canine buddy! 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 5, 2011, 11:12 am

    omg your hubs makes the most amazing looking food! That egg looks DIVINE!!

    BTW do you eat Mmmm sauce cold? Or hot? Or both?

  • Corrie Anne August 5, 2011, 11:15 am

    That’s comedy!!! I love the SAT analogies!! Way to go on the long walks. My dog dies when I jog him a mile, but I make him keep up with me.

  • Chelsea August 5, 2011, 11:24 am

    I’ve tried faux sausage before…yack! It just doesn’t suit my tastebuds nor does the texture.

  • allpointswhole August 5, 2011, 11:33 am

    Breakfast looks amazing! Kudos to the husband!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 5, 2011, 11:39 am

    I’m sure James understands about the house! 🙂

  • Kelly August 5, 2011, 11:48 am

    Oh, I’m so glad that I’m not the only one making promises to the little four-legged creatures. I treat my dog and cat like they are human and I do feel guilty for letting them down!! Issues much or what? I love them to pieces, though, and they are like kids to me. I love that you love your animals!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 5, 2011, 12:24 pm

    I feel you there. I feel bad for my dogs back home since we moved from our old house. Our old place had 3acres of yard all to themselves..and the current house is on half an acre of rock and hill. 🙁

  • katie @ KatieDid August 5, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t have to make a mid- walk pit stop with all that liquid! Holy hydration is right haha. I feel bad for my roommates dog, we live on a second floor apartment with no yard whatsoever, so its constant short walks to let off steam throughout the day.

  • katie @ KatieDid August 5, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t have to take a mid walk pit-stop with all those liquids haha. Holy hydration is right!

    • katie @ KatieDid August 5, 2011, 1:06 pm

      sorry didn’t see it the first time!

  • Sana August 5, 2011, 1:14 pm

    Welcome to my life Maggie, my arms and legs are too short 🙂

  • Amanda August 5, 2011, 1:25 pm

    I love the drinks combo. Sometimes I find I have way too many cups of juice/coffee/water/milk at breakfast too

  • Muesliviki August 5, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Your puppy is such a sweety:-)
    Your breakfast plate looks amazing!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul August 5, 2011, 1:46 pm

    hahaha I love james’ position!! Awww poor Maggie~I know how it feels to be short 🙁 lol

  • Army Amy* August 5, 2011, 1:46 pm

    The picture of Maggie with her ears flipped back? It’s freaking me out! I have an irrational fear of flipped back dog ears!*

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat August 5, 2011, 2:10 pm

    Sorry to hear the financing fell through. It was a freaking whirlwind nightmare for us to get into the place we live today but in the end it was all worth it and I’m glad we didn’t get the first place we put an offer on. It just means something better is out there waiting for you, I hated when people said that to me but darn it, they were right 😉

  • Shayla @ The Good Life August 5, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Awww I love you puppies, such cuties 🙂

    Happy Friday! 🙂

  • Rika August 5, 2011, 2:47 pm

    I looooove it when you post pictures of your pups! der so kyoooooote!

  • Jen August 5, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Eggs over easy is my favorite breakfast, had it this morning 🙂

  • VeggieGirl August 5, 2011, 4:51 pm

    We live in a house with a yard but it isnt fenced in and its a rental and they wont let us 🙁 Our dogs would LOOOOOVE it too!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 5, 2011, 5:14 pm

    aaah, your woof babies are sooo cute! I love hearing stories about them and seeing pictures of them…they make me smile with their little unique personalities and faces 🙂 xyx

  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runner August 5, 2011, 6:01 pm

    I have actually run a race in a “hurricane” before! I live in St. Louis, so I can’t actually call it a hurricane, but after hurricane Ike hit landfall in Texas in 2008, it made it’s way up to the midwest, of course, the day of my half marathon (luckily it wasn’t my first). It was like needles on my skin – I couldn’t look up and was drenched just standing at the starting line. They ended up cutting us off at mile 10 – marathoners included – because of flooding on the course and downed trees. It was quite the experience and one of the hardest races I’ve ever run.

    Good luck at your tri! You will do great!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) August 5, 2011, 8:32 pm

    The first two pup pics are MY FAVS! I’d frame those and put them in my own house! lol.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Cute pictures of James! 😀 I wish I had a dog to take on walks! It seems like such a relaxing daily ritual.

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies August 6, 2011, 2:37 am

    Puppy love!!! If I accidently go on too long of a walk with my puppy dog (a 5lb chihuahua/min-pin) I always end up picking him up and carrying him until he gets some energy back. You might say spoiled, I say well loved! 🙂

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