We had a downpour during dinner time and poor Rusty couldn't go for his walk until hours later. The trouble with a small dog with short legs is, the entire body gets wet and dirty after trampling on puddles.
So I gave him a warm shower and blow-dried him thoroughly so he wouldn't catch a cold. If he's going to share my bed, he had better be clean and dry!
Funny Huier was talking my running (or lack of) lately. Indeed, I have stopped running altogether. Well, there are several reasons (excuses). Firstly, I can't seem to find the time to run. Before Rusty came to live with us, I could manage a jog around the neighbour just before dinner.
When Rusty re-entered our lives again, my exercise comes in the form of morning and evening walks. During weekends, we take really long walks, meandering through the canal and our hilly estate.
The good thing is, all the aches and pains that I used to suffer from running have disappeared almost completely though I still experience creaky and painful knees while climbing stairs.
Just this morning, I woke up to a very strange sensation on my right knee. The entire knee cap felt like it had detached and was swimming around loosely. Though there was no pain, I was worried that my right leg would collapse when I get off my bed. But I was fine. It could be what they call a 'sloppy' kneecap.
I fear the health of my knees is deteriorating and am quite thankful I have stopped running now. All the pounding through the years have put loads of stress on my knees, ankles and soles. Cutting back on strenuous exercise will help to preserve my ligaments and tissues (or what's left of it).
For now, I'll rely on the daily walks, household chores and gardening to keep fit. Some form of exercise is better than no exercise at all.