If I walk more laps then he wants to - again he will lay down in the shade of a tree and watch me finish my labors.
But even I stop once I reach my limit. Which is usually one lap more then Charlie accomplished.
He favors Cold or cool weather with low humidity. Which is 90% this morning as rain due any time.
Our pattern is now that he sits by the font door till I open it and tell him OK! Then he will run to the front fence to check on his arch enemy's whereabouts, he can see their driveway from there.
He then races to the back fence to look for deer - of which none have been around for months. 8-(
By then I have tossed the birdseed on the driveway and put out the squirrels nuts. I walk to the back fence and we then amble to the back steps... a long L of a walk. Once he gets half way there he races off to run to the fence by the road.
Eventually he has done his duties and he is just checking things out. I am ready to go inside.
I explained this as it is the same "Path" we do every time we go out but then he has his ball.
If the weather is nice we play ball. If it isn't he will even without my suggestion climb the steps to go in the house.
Lately the weather has had some days in the 90's or mid to upper 80s with lots of humidity. If the humidity is low then often we continue to lightly toss the ball or he just carries it in his mouth until he decides it is time to go in.
Although he also allows me to decide too.
I watch his breathing and if it gets heavy I stop playing ball. Luckily the back yard is in the east that runs from the back fence to the street.
The sun is along the front of the house.
Charlie taught me that if I am not outside he will lay down and wait for me to come back out. I also can say go lay down and he does.... even if I am outside.
Charlie taught himself to wait for me. I was stunned when he did it the first time.
As for him laying down in the shade of a tree he did that on his own also.
Charlie is one smart dog. By the way - when I am on my laptop - like now - even though we are due to feed the birds and do his ball-less walk - he won't move until I do. Then he barks constantly till he lays down by the front door.
Wish you could meet him. I bet Tilda is just as smart.
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