After showering and getting ready for work I join Earl in the backyard where he runs his zoomies for 2 - 3 minutes... then we hop in the car for our short drive to Boulevard Lake where we enjoy a nice stroll, appreciating the birdsongs and the view of the mist on the lake.
Today however we had a bit of a mishap. Earl likes to walk along a stone wall which is about 3 ft. above street level. This way, he and I are at virtually eye level, which I think he gets a kick out of . Well today, while walking along the top of the wall Earl was distracted by a passing car, and when he turned around he lost his footing and partially tumbled off the wall. Not entirely off, which may have actually been better... but instead he was scrambling his back legs to gain a foothold and prevent falling off the wall completely. He suffered a few scrapes, but nothing that seems to bother him, and I am sure nothing worse than he may have experienced in his racing days.
I am also realizing a couple benefits of all this walking with Earl in the wee hours. Treasure! So far we have found: 2 golf balls, 1 red ball cap, 1 pair soccer cleats, 1 pair of socks! The ball cap has become one of Earl's favourite toys to play with in the mornings (sometimes taking a backseat to the screaming monkey).
Earl is winning over even the most die-hard anti-pet people and so far everyone he meets falls in love with him, which is surprising because even I will admit that greyhounds are not necessarily the most visually appealing dog... being mostly skin and bones. Earl's personality, disposition and friendliness seems to really win him some "fast friends".