An Abundance of Tireless Energy by Katie Hanslik

by Linda Coors on October 5, 2011


How would I describe Gretchen, our two-year-old mystery breed dog? Energetic. Playful. Hyper. And a troublemaker. Of course, we love her, but she can be such a pain. My family owns 19 acres of wooded property, and she enjoys exploring it (even when we’re yelling her name at the top of our lungs to get her to come back). Countless times we’ve found ourselves tromping through the woods looking for her—which usually happens after we’ve all been sitting somewhere peacefully when suddenly someone says, “Where’s the dog?” and someone else answers, “I let her out forty minutes ago. Why?” This has happened so many times that we eventually figured we’d better start keeping an eye on her when we bring her outside with us (or when we let her outside alone). To get rid of some of her restless energy, we take her for walks whenever we can, and she also keeps busy wrestling our other dog, Darra, and getting chased by the cat, who seems to have an unexplained intolerance for her. We’ve also devised other techniques for keeping her busy; sometimes we play games with her, and since our house is pretty small we tend to play outside a lot. Some favorites are: Chase the Tennis Ball, Annoy the Cat, and Run Around In Circles ‘Till You’re Too Dizzy To Walk. Other times we’ll give her a toy (she loves dead sticks), or try to find something else that, in her opinion, is worth doing. Sometimes we chain her up as a last resort. When we let her off, she’s so happy to be free she’ll stay with us instead of taking off. Well, sometimes. Okay, so maybe Gretchen does get muddy and take off whenever she can. Maybe she’s a pain in the butt sometimes…or a lot. But things just wouldn’t be the same without her. She keeps things interesting—and busy. She keeps us running through the woods calling her name at the top of our lungs. She keeps us throwing tennis balls down the hill and chasing her in circles ‘till we’re too dizzy to stand straight. And I’m glad for that.

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Tracy Goodwin October 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Great read! Enjoyed it.


Mary Lou Brodnik October 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Great job, It sounds like our 5month puppy Billie which looks likes your dog in the picture and we found out that Billie is a ridgeback and boxer and full of energy.


Patricia Pace October 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

This story was a great read and made me want a dog!


Scott Huston October 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Great story i love the picture Great job


Sue Howells October 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Very nice story Katie! Wishing you the best of luck with this. Keep up the great work.


Mark Teeple October 25, 2011 at 5:56 am

Cute doggie! I can totally relate to your story….Gretchen does look like she may have some boxer in her.


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