Friday, July 25, 2014

busy week

We had a lovely cold front move in this week, which perked everybody up!  Oreo was super playful yesterday.  This morning, we went for a nice hike.

The Preserve had added a trail loop this week, so we got to try it out.
We had the place all to ourselves this time....no cars in the parking lot.





The dogs have had a very busy week.  On Wednesday they had to have fasting pre-op bloodwork done, because they are going to have their teeth cleaned soon.  Tuesday night, we had an agility trial in the super hot weather.  Chewy hardly wanted to move.  But he was a trooper and played along.  Luckily, it wore both dogs out, and they slept in real late on Wednesday.  They definitely were not happy about not getting breakfast, but at least they weren't staring at me for three hours while we waited for our appointment.  I've never had a vet request fasting bloodwork before.  I think it was harder on Jeff than the dogs, because Jeff loves to give them cheerios in the morning.

Happy weekend everyone!  My hammock is calling me....

Monday, July 21, 2014

curious chewy

Chewy is starting to get really curious about water!   He was pulling me toward it this morning.
  Maybe, someday he'll decided to dip his toes?
 Does he wanna take a swim?
 Or maybe he just finds it a good place to meditate, kinda like me.  Maybe I should bring my yoga mat, and we could do some downward dogs?

Oreo bravely dealt with two people and a dog on our walk at the park this morning. No barking at all, just meatball eating, and a really quick recovery. He was a little stressed out afterward, but not manic. Ahh, magic meatballs!

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A heat wave is coming in for the next few days. Since my dogs won't swim, it might be a good day to give them a bath.  Shhhhh, don't tell them.

Stay cool everybody!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

good, smart doggies

Jeff needed a hand installing our new front door.
Ta Da!



Took a lot longer than expected, and I had left the dogs alone in the backyard.  After a while, I figured I better go check on them and make sure they didn't have heat stroke.

Here's where I found them.  Both staying cool under the hammock.  If I had known, I would've put two blankets under there so they could each have one.
Good, smart doggies.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

fuzzy fellow

Chewy and I went to an agility trial wednesday night.  We didn't q either run, but we had a lot of good moments.  Chewy did 12 weaves in BOTH runs.  That was huge, because in class he never does them all. We would've q'ed our first run, but there was a flip from the dogwalk into the tunnel, and of course, he wanted to go back up the dogwalk.  Bummer.

Our second run was the same course in reverse, and I thought we were golden, but we missed a jump.  He was a little bit off for the whole run.  We didn't get much of a break between runs, and I think he was a little tired (or maybe it was me!).

There was a fellow agility person there taking photos.  She snapped this one of Chewy on the dogwalk.
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Then, Chewy noticed her sitting next to the ring and ran over to her barking!  So embarrassing. I said, "Chewy!  She's taking your picture!"  and he ran back to me.  Silly boy.  He's still lacking in experience with the whole trial environment thing.  He walks in the ring and has to take a good look at everyone in and out of the ring.  Takes me forever to get his attention sometimes.  Good thing neither of us takes agility trials too seriously.

I like how she named the photo 'fuzzy fellow'.  Perfect.

Friday, July 18, 2014

mud pond preserve

On today's adventure, we went to Mud Pond Preserve.  Yet another place, 15 minutes from my house, that I've never been.  Although, this place has only been around since November, and is still expanding.



I took a risk and brought Oreo along.  There was only one car in the parking lot, so that was promising. Strangely, we never came across anyone, which was great for Oreo.   The trail isn't exactly a loop, so I'm not sure how we missed them, and their car was still there when we left.  I think we may have missed a large portion of the trail, because I read it was a 2 mile walk, and we definitely didn't walk two miles. Not sure what happened, because the trail was marked extremely well with big yellow markers every few feet.


Hmmm....next time we'll have to go right instead of left at one intersection.

They call it Mud Pond Preserve, but we came across more mud than pond!  We did hear frogs croaking the entire time though.  That was cool.

The trail was beautifully done and maintained.

There were bridges
and planks


and pretty stone walkways.

We did see the pond at the end of the trail. I'm not a pond expert, but it looked kind of swampy.  My photo came out horrible.
The pond is actually in the back of this photo (not the water up front), where you can see the sun shining.  There was a sign there saying they hope to build a viewing platform for the pond.  I bet it would be a good place to photograph pond wildlife.

I read that it is a 'rare acidic lake' and a 'peat bog' and there's a 'blueberry bog thicket'.  Not sure what that all means, but maybe you do?

Overall, we had a good time, enjoyed the 60 degree morning temps, and saw some new stuff.


Oreo did great, and even handled the parking lot with very minimal freakishness.  It may not have been as picturesque as yesterday's park, but this one felt more like a hike than a stroll, which I kind of liked. Although, I was a little concerned about running into bears!

We'll try it again sometime.