I’ve been doing a lot of scientific writing this week, which I have to admit isn’t as much fun as blog-post writing. But since I don’t get paid for blog posts (yet!), I guess I’ll keep at it.
Though it’s not as much fun as doing experiments, it does have one advantage: I can do it from home. No commute saves me at least an hour during the day (not to mention not using gasoline), and I have the added benefit of being able to hang out with my dog.
Now, Penny seems a little confused when I work from home because I’m here, but for some reason, I’m not playing with her. About every 40 minutes she seems to recognize that fact and try to entice me away from the computer for a game of tug-o-war with some toy. Sadly, I try to stick to getting things done.
But I DO make sure we take a little break in the afternoon – which is good for both of us. We go to the end of our cul-de-sac and I throw bumpers out into the canyon beyond and she goes and gets ‘em. She gets to run and use her brain, and I get a little fresh air and to stop using my brain. All good.
Today, I decided to take out the camera since the afternoon light was so nice. Penny always has to sit before she gets to go get the bumper, though she’s pretty impatient about it. Pictures don’t do justice to the imploring whine coming from her when she’s made to wait.
After that, she’s on the hunt for bumper. She usually does pretty good – mostly using her nose. Sometimes, she can’t retrieve it because I’ve thrown it into one of the sticker bushes – which means I get to trudge down an extract it.
Penny’s always excited to find the bumper and bring it back. Ready to go for another round.
Except when she’s done.
All in all, a great way to take a break from that “other” part of the day.