Sunday morning dawned clear and sunny. The sun was still low in the sky when I went out for a walk in the vineyard with Tasha the Sheltie just after 7:00 a.m. I grabbed a camera I hadn't used in a while, just to see how it would do in less than ideal conditions. The light was too bright, and the contrasts were too extreme.
Maybe you've read on Walt's blog that Tasha has a small weight problem. The vet weighed her in at 16 kilograms when she went in for her annual checkup and shots a few days ago. We've had to put her on a diet. On Sunday, given the dry sunny weather, we went out for a longer walk than I've been taking with her for the past few months. I figured it would do us both good. I could stand to lose a few pounds, just like the dog.
Notice how the clary sage (Fr. sauge sclarée) planted around the well in our back yard is blooming right now.
I pointed the camera directly at the rising sun to take this photo. I was blinded by the light, and I didn't realize that Tasha had been in the frame until I uploaded the morning's photos onto the laptop and looked through them. That tall tree on the left is the one in our back yard.
We walked all the way out to the end of the gravel road that runs from near our back gate for three-quarters of a mile out to the point where it connects with another paved lane. I was the only person out there; I didn't see anybody else, and I saw no animals except a few birds. There were, however, badger droppings full of cherry pits all along the way, so they are active at night right now.
We've checked all the calorie and nutrition information on the packages of Purina and Pedigree food that we feed Tasha. According to the guidelines, we've been feeding her a lot less than the recommended amounts of kibble and wet food, so her weight problem is a mystery. We're reducing the amount of food we give her even further. The Pedigree label says we should be giving her three pouches of wet food per day, along with 75 grams of kibble. We only give her one pouch, and we'll continue giving her that amount. I've reduced her morning kibble from 75 to about 60 grams. She gets two fairly long walks every day, and I'll take her on another long walk this morning. The day is supposed to be dry, but not too hot with temperatures between 18 and 20 ºC (high 60s in ºF).