lions and tigers and bears...oh my!

(minus the lions and tigers...)

Yesterday was the epitome of a first day off after working three nights in a row...I came home with every intention of at least walking poor Kiva who pretty much spent Thursday through Sunday morning in her kennel (I worked and John is out of town).  I managed to get out of work a little early, but I had a killer headache, so I ended up just going to sleep for a few hours.  Then I got up, had coffee with my dad, came home and ate lunch, then had coffee with CK.  By the time I got home it was 4:00 and I needed to eat again before I even thought about going running, so I had a snack and then proceeded to fall asleep on the couch for two hours.  When I woke up it was 6:15...and I was hungry again.  So I ate a piece of toast with a little PB and got myself ready to go.  

When I asked Kiva if she wanted to go running, all four of her feet left the ground and she did a spin in midair.  I took that as a yes.  

Off we went armed with a nerdy science podcast to entertain me and Kiva with a little extra pep in her step (although she usually has a fair amount of pep, so who knows how I could tell).  The weather was quite nice after we had a mid-afternoon clear-up snow shower, so I planned to go for at least an hour.  

We ran in the woods a little (Tour of Anchorage trail), but it was mucky and Kiva was acting strange so we went back to the bike path.  She was still acting a little funny, but I did not observe any immediate danger, so we continued on our way.  

On our way back home we saw a bunch of people pulled over on the side of the road (Elmore) watching a black bear, who (unfortunately) was headed in the same direction as we were.  So we altered our course and headed (quickly) for home.  

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Best running buddy ever!  Thanks for trying to tell me there was a bear around even when I couldn't see it!