Even with the days getting shorter, Darby is still waking up at 5:00 am and wanting out. And, the instant she steps outside the back door, even before she "does her business" after having been in her crate all night long, she stops at the potting bench and looks up, asking for the tennis ball she knows is sitting there.
She has become obsessed with retrieving tennis balls!
So, there I stand in the early morning dark, early evening dark, late evening before-we-go-to-bed-dark, throwing a tennis ball for Darby. Don't get me wrong--I'm really glad she likes to retrieve--it is a good, easy way for her to get some exercise. But, I have to admit I sometimes wish I were inside looking out!