Mischa Moo went home yesterday. Her mummy was very pleased to see her, and says Lync has been missing her badly. Today Bolo and Czar took it in turns to follow me round the house. Sweet guys!
I was a bit worried about having Mischa to stay - I mean, c'mon, FIVE dogs? But it worked out beautifully. An extra crate and a little bit of work to encourage her to hop in the right crate on command, or in the pen in the back yard, and she settled into our routine so well. If all goes well, she'll be back in a week or so and we can start proper race training, getting out on the scooter and figuring out this two dog thing. Mischa has great energy; her ability to bounce back after an hour's walk is amazing. In harness, she's a pocket rocket, running her little heart out. And she inspires Czar to work harder too. I hope that over the last fortnight we increased fitness and shrank those off-season spare tyres in all the dogs.
For Mischa's last walk, my friend CG came over for the husky workout (where we exercise lower body by walking, AND upper body by hanging on for dear life!). Miraculously, we dodged the heavy showers and walked Frankie and Bolo, Czar and Mischa... I don't know how long/how far, I really should start measuring it. Thanks CG!!
Sadly, we also said goodbye to my grandmother yesterday, after her third battle with cancer. I was talking today about her legacy. She grew up in the 30's and married at the end of WWII. She was raised to be a lady, quite restricted in what she was allowed to do. She gave up work when she got married, and was devoted to her family. In recent years, mother to five and grandmother to 13, she could recite what anyone in the family was up to, without effort. She delighted in the achievements of her grandchildren, in sports, music, arts, academia, travel, corporate and public sector worlds. Her support was endless, and it was rare to hear her criticise anyone, except my grandfather, who was too cheeky. We will miss her terribly, but it is wonderful to know that she is at peace. And she'll have the best seat in the house at our wedding this weekend, being carried in the hearts of all the family.