Last week I took the down blanket off the bed and tucked it into the closet for storage. Andy and I went for a bike ride wearing shorts. But wait...it is May in Michigan!
Six-thirty on Saturday morning Andy says, "Mike is wacky." Not a surprise since the only exercise he got the day before was our after-dinner shopping-date at Home Depot and Barnes and Nobles. Too early for Mike to be instigating a skirmish with a vociferous Gypsy, I grab their leashes. I'll be back! Tough luck that they haven't even had breakfast yet.
As the rising sun squints my eyes I take a quick look over my shoulder and spy an ominous wall of nimbostratus. This rain-bearing-cloud, railroaded by a ferocious west-wind, threatens to thrust night back into the morning.
I pick up the pace. Maybe we can make our two-mile loop. FLD Mike and Gypsy simultaneously glance up at me as if to say, "Let's get going then!"
As we turn north at Little Mack I get a better view of the impending weather. Well, maybe not. I turn east at the next corner to shorten our route. The wind punches me full-force. I wish I had retrieved my winter coat from the front closet--it's COLD! We hustle on. Suddenly the sun blinks out as if Zeus himself had pulled its plug. I look up. The dark wall is looming just over the rooftops; a few sharp drops of rain prick my face; the lofty, spring-leaved trees that line the streets of this old neighborhood groan ominously: "Go back, go back!"
Ok! I gulp, time to turn around. HEEL I command as we do an about-face. I know that running with an under-one-year-old puppy is never recommended (growth plates aren't fully formed until then), but I make a decision to get home ASAP and launch into a jog. Well, I suppose my "jog" is more of a "slog"--FLD Mike and Gypsy break into a fierce trot.
We burst into the back hallway, soaked through. Ah, breakfast laced with the lovely aroma of wet puppies!
Afterwards, FLD Mike transforms into: ta da....REGISTER DOG! (While we were out, Andy kicked the heat on to chase the frost-warning chill out of the house.)