Sunday, September 28, 2014

garage time

Oreo spent some time in the garage this weekend...keeping track of Jeff "working" in the garage on a bike. 'Working' seems to involve a lot of sitting around, looking at the bike, pondering....



One day, we went to Target and came home with this motorcycle (not sold at any Target I know), because it was a deal.  If you know Jeff, this is not an uncommon occurrence.  Here is what the bike originally looked like:


Initially, Jeff planned on selling it right away for a profit (also not uncommon), but instead transformed it into this!   OK, I admit, all that sitting/looking/pondering stuff helped turn this ugly duckling into a pretty cool bike.  And yes, some work was definitely involved.

Oreo was a willing model with the finished bike.

Chewy was not.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

happy new year

A midweek day off from school for Rosh Hashanah!  What a treat!

Took the dogs to the park first thing in the morning.  The leaves are just starting to change.  Photos (at least mine) simply don't show the brilliant colors, but I just found a foliage mode on my camera, so I'm going to try that out next trip to the park.

The water is really low, since we've had very little rain the past month or so.


I love how the leaves are falling in the water.  Chewy must have thought it was interesting too, because he climbed up on this rock to get a better view.



 Then, he wasn't quite sure how he was going to get down without getting his feet wet.


Yea, I had to go in and rescue him.

It was great to have a day to take it all in, look around, and listen to the sound of the crunching leaves.


Best part?  One more day and it's the weekend!  So we can do this all over again!


Oreo continues to do great on these walks.  In fact, we can now walk through the open field you see above!  No problem.  That is a huge step for him, because he feels safer in enclosed spaces.

Monday, September 22, 2014

quick post!

Just a quick post to let everyone know we are still here!  Back to school is a busy time for teachers.

But, I've been trying to take the dogs on adventures a few times a week to help us all destress from the big change and have some fun!


Chewy gets very excited about hiking:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXpRTqj7tdg



And about eating corn on the cob:

Fall is my favorite time of year!  Hope all of you are finding time to get out and enjoy the splendor.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

new park

On Friday, Chewy and I met my dad at a new to us local park. This is the same creek as the other park we go to, but it is damned here, so the water at this end of the park is pretty stagnant and pondlike.

It was a beautiful day ~ no humidity and 70 degrees.

We hiked a bunch of trails through the park.  The trail map wasn't even close to being accurate, but we managed to find our way around.
After our hike, we rested by the pond and I tried to get photos of Chewy. However, he was not into having a photo shoot, and was much more interested in the water and the fisherman.


I was glad I left Oreo at home, because there were kids playing on the playground.  That could've thrown him over the edge into panic mode.

But kids usually aren't out of the house in the morning, so we attempted to give it a try early on Saturday.

When I pulled into the parking lot at 7:50, there weren't any kids, but there were people and big dogs everywhere!!!  Lots of barking going on.

I guess this is a popular place for dog people on Saturday mornings.   I almost turned right around.

There is a dog park there, and most of the cars were down by the fenced in dog area.  I thought if I parked close to the trail head and got Oreo in the woods right away we might be ok.

This is how he looked when we first set off!
Lots of TMJ going on, and mild hysteria.

But as we walked, he relaxed a bit, sniffed some stuff, and within five minutes, he had his brain back on.
We walked really far, and despite all those dogs and people being there, we saw no one on the trails.  I guess people prefer the dogpark to the trails? I don't get that, but to each his own and better for us!

Here is the man made dam and waterfall which creates the pond.  Not that pretty, but the sound is cool.

With my dad, we stopped walking here and went up to the pond.  I knew Oreo wouldn't be happy in that open area with all those people, so we looped around and retraced our steps.  This made for a long walk and I swear it was uphill (steep hills) in both directions.  I think we walked about 3 miles or so.  Neither dog complained though.

By the end of the walk, Oreo was a happy dog.

So proud of Oreo for being able to cope with a new place and settle in so quickly.

I think this park will be really pretty in a few weeks when the leaves are in their autumn glory.  We'll have to go back then.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

savoring....

So, sad that my summer break is coming to a close.  My days of doing this~ breakfast, walk or park, yoga lunch, hammock/read, dinner, playtime, snacktime, bed, repeat~will be no more.

Trying to soak in all this awesomeness before next Tuesday when real life returns.

Oreo has been doing fantastic on his new meds.  Really pleased with how well he copes when we see people in the park.  I bought him this little vest to wear, which says "I need space, I'm shy".  This vest gives me a boost of confidence!  Makes me feel better knowing if we do spot someone and boogie our way off the path that people will understand I'm not a complete weirdo.  Just have a weird dog!
Chewy had an 'incident' with the creek.  The water got all foamy, like the head on a beer, near the creek line, and I guess Chewy thought the foam was a solid surface.  Boy was he surprised when his foot got dunked in water!    Even after that horrifying experience, he still wants to be near the water.



The wildflowers(weeds) are so pretty right now, even if they make me sneeze I love to look at them!


I just found another park within a 12 minute drive of our house.  It also has a trail along this same creek, but it is much wider at that location.  I'm going to take Chewy there this week, and see if it's an ok place for Oreo too.  There's a summer camp there for 6 weeks in July and August, so I don't think we could go there on weekdays during much of the summer, unless we go first thing in the morning.


Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful time of year!  I know I'm savoring every minute.