A running joke in my family since I got Makiko was that I move faster than I ever did before. I think there are many reasons for this. 1) I was very insecure about my RP. I have had way too many falls and surgeries/medical treatment as a result. 2) I didn’t like using the cane.. At all. I was really good at jabbing myself. 3) I wasn’t very fit.
I remember when I arrived at DFW airport from training, I met my Mom and Great-Aunt Betty at baggage. Mom had already collected my bags and put them on the cart. We proceeded toward the car and before Mom knew it we were GONE! Betty walks pretty slow due to her age and disabilities. But we were way gone. Mom could tell right then how much exercise I had gotten over the past two weeks and how drastically Makiko had already and would change my life.
Makiko is still super fast. We have had a few scenarios lately where she has gotten slower but we are trying to figure out why. We are pretty sure it mostly has to do with the heat. (ugh, thanks Texas!)
But most of the time, she is still a speed demon! Last night we walked back from a dog park in our apartment complex to the steps near my apartment. It took under 1 minute. I could NEVER do this in that amount of time with a cane because there are a lot of twists and turns, as you will see in the video attached. My baby rocks!