Just a little bit …



That’s what I’ve been the past week or so …

Maybe because I’ve had this niggling ache in my arm, the past few weeks.  It feels like muscular strain, you know the kind you get after a work out and you didn’t do your warm-ups well, that sort.  The problem is, I don’t exercise and don’t go to the gym.  On the one hand, could that be why I’m achy? Because I’m so un-exercised?  Could be.

My husband thinks it’s the dog.  As some of you may know, I’m the main dog-walker in our house.  And Doc is, let’s just say, is a little bit too excitable at the moment and likes to pull and pull and pull, on our way to the headland.  And he may not be as big as other dogs, but little T’s dog is very strong, hence the muscle strain, or so my husband thinks.

We’ve trained him how to “heel” but when out for a walk to the headland, it just doesn’t seem to work.  When he pulls, I pull him back to me and say “to me”, that’s our “heel word/command”.  That’s what happens, he pulls, I pull him back, he pulls, I pull him back until we reach the headland.  And once he’s had his turn of running around like a loony all over, on our way home, he’s a good-boy, who’ll heel when told to.  He’s just too excited when he knows that we are going to his happy-place, he goes absolutely ballistic.

So for now, I’ve been relieved off my duties as main dog-walker, let’s see if the ache goes away, I hope it does.


It’s also been a busy last week for T at school.  Last Monday, she had her first ever performance for her Star Makers class, which she absolutely loved.  It was lovely to see her all confident, happy and beaming on stage.  My husband and I loved every single minute of watching her perform with the rest of her friends.


And yesterday, the whole school had spent a day on the beach! We had to pick her up from there to go to the dentist and I’m happy to share that the dentist has once again, declared that little T has perfect teeth.  Now let’s hope this lasts, especially since she has received more than a couple of giant Easter chocolate eggs.  To be fair with her, she’s really meticulous about brushing her teeth.


Later today, my husband, little T and I are off to Bristol for the weekend.  He has a meeting with the OU and we’ve booked in an extra night at the hotel so we could have a city-break.  I love city breaks and I love Bristol 🙂  Since we live in the country, we try to have as much city-breaks when we can.  Doc will also have his short-break to see his other doggie-friends at the kennel nearby.

And then it’s Easter break!  I’m really looking forward to spending more time with T, when she’s not around, I honestly miss the little kiddo 😉

What about you?

Do you have any lovely plans over the weekend or Easter?

The Reading Residence
Filed under Little Musings

I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. When it comes to Doc pulling on the lead, have you heard of a special collar called a Halti? It fit over the noe and whenever they think of pulling, their head turns. They’re initially a bit confused and frustrated but get over it and become more manageable.
    We’ll be off to Palm Beach for the holidays. xx Rowena

    • Oh, I’ve never heard of that! Will google it now , I’m definitely interested. Thanks Rowena! Oh and enjoy your Palm beach holiday 🙂 xx

  2. I hope your arm feels better soon.
    Wow, a day on the beach with the school sounds fantastic! I hope you all have a lovely weekend break 🙂

  3. debsrandomwritings

    Hi Dean, fingers crossed that your arm is aching because of your over excitable dog. Last week whilst walking ours one of them spotted a hen with her chicks and went a little mad, I had to keep pulling her back and the next day my arm and shoulder was aching…And she’s not a big dog.

    It is so good that your little one brushes her teeth properly at least you know not to worry too much if she enjoys a little too much chocolate this Easter.

    And lastly enjoy your break in Bristol and have a good Easter…I’m guessing that yours is next week?

  4. I hope your arm’s better soon, does make sense that it’s the dog walking that’s doing it, doesn’t it? Sounds like Little T’s had a fab time of it, and all good at the dentists, too – thanks for the reminder there, as we need appointments booking! Have a lovely break in Bristol, have lots of fun x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Thanks! At the hotel now, arrived after a three-hour-journey. Got stuck in a bit of traffic, but we’re here:) x

  5. We use a halti on Bliss and it is great at stopping her pulling. She’s not keen on having it put on but it means we can walk together rather than me being dragged behind!
    I hope you have a lovely break away in Bristol and a wonderful Easter together xx

  6. We use a halti on Bliss and it is great at stopping her pulling. She’s not keen on having it put on but it means we can walk together rather than me being dragged behind!
    I hope you have a lovely break away in Bristol and a wonderful Easter together xx

  7. Hope you have a lovely weekend in Bristol and enjoy spending time with Little T over the Easter break. Well done to Little T for her Star Makers classs performance and a good visit to the dentist and hope your achy arm gets better soon.

    • Thanks! It’s raining here in Bristol right now, but we’re trying to make the most of it 🙂 Hope you have a lovely Easter break too 🙂 x

  8. We were in Bristol earlier!!!! Were you there??? We were at the harbourside even if its raining. Awww I wish I know your there so that I finally meet you. I am so scared to meet other mothers but I just want to see you and T. Maybe next time. #wotw

    • Nope. Just over the weekend, arrived Friday night and we’re back in Cornwall now. My husband has another meeting in May … Maybe we could set something up? That would be really nice 🙂 x

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