By far the biggest adjustment in our move has been living with 2 dogs in an apartment. The last time I lived in an apartment was my first year of law school at lovely Duke Manor, renown only for the incredibly cheap rent and corresponding level of amenities.
We are in a really nice corporate apartment while we search for a more permanent dwelling, but the level of finish hasn’t softened the culture shock to both the dogs and us. No longer able to just open the door and let them in and out at will, now we must become somewhat presentable to the world (me), leash up (them), march to the elevator (all of us), descend 7 floors and then go outside for some variation of a walk (length totally dependent on the weather and my caffeine intake). This happens about 5 times a day.
For a good walk, we get on Cherry Creek Trail right across the street. Cherry Creek Trail is an awesome 40 mile long bike/walking trail through Denver (Denver boasts over 85 miles of paved trails).
I’ve learned it is also called the Denver Bike Highway and walking it with dogs can be dicey. Some cyclists are ambling along enjoying the day – but given the speed of most, the majority must be late to work or responding to some emergency. (I need a louder “on your left” or more bike bells, people.) We walked it last Saturday to the Farmers Market in the parking lot of Cherry Creek Mall. Who knew there was such as thing as breakfast pierogis?
Another adjustment has been the addition of doggie daycare to our lives. A day spent romping with other dogs under the supervision of folks who clearly love them is the perfect antidote to the confines of apartment dwelling. Having said that, Zoe was somewhat resistant the morning of her first day. I used to think it was cute when she whined/cried, but now I just feel guilt. Thankfully she loves it now.
I’ll leave you with some photos taken this morning after a storm came through last night. It’s still not really cold here so just rain in Denver, but the mountains tell a different story – getting closer to ski time!