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


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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

window view wednesday

can you spot the squirrel?

Right after I uploaded these to my post, I looked out the window and the twins were back.  One of them is starting to lose some of its spots.
 Do they grow into these big ears?

I can't tell you how many baby deer I've seen this summer, and I don't just mean at my house.  Everywhere I go, I see them hanging out in people's yards and fields.  Must've been a baby boom year for deer!  Or maybe I'm just paying more attention.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


The dogs and I survived their teeth cleaning ordeal!  I was a mess the night before, and almost cancelled at the last minute.  I hate to have my dogs put under anesthesia.  Soooo scary.

Thankfully, my worries were unfounded.  Everything went well.  Oreo has one loose tooth in front, but they are hoping now that it is all clean it will firm up.  Fingers crossed it does.  They also cleaned some sticky sap off his feet and got some mats out from behind Chewy's extra charge!

Their teeth look so nice now.  I'm sure they feel better too.

Here's a little video of our walk in the park on Tuesday.  I keep hoping I will catch Chewy getting a drink of water from the creek.  Oreo may be afraid of a lot of stuff, but he's not afraid to get his feet wet.

After the teeth cleaning ordeal, I owe them another fun outing.  One that involves chicken!

Monday, August 4, 2014

mishmash monday

Didn't realize I took this photo of myself while out for a walk.  Came out kinda cool!  Must be what I look like to my dogs.  Sadly, they spend a lot of time looking up my nose.
And here is Oreo giving me the evil eye after his bath:

Sunday, August 3, 2014

tiki toy!

Our funny friends, Lassie & Benji, just went on an e-camping trip to Hawaii AND Alaska.  We won a prize for filling out a survey about where they should go camping.

Our prize is a Tiki Toy, which they obviously brought back from Hawaii!

Here's Oreo and Chewy checking out their new toy:
And Chewy promptly grabbing it, and taking it to his special place:

Where he, of course, attacked the tag first!

I'm sure Oreo will get his mouth on it soon, and then play his favorite game, keep away.

Thanks for the cool new toy Lassie and Benji!  We loved seeing you in your hula skirts!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

walk n' sniff

Friday morning was kinda wet out, but I checked the doppler and it looked clear, so off we went to the park.

We took a new path today, and came across this cool boardwalk, which went a lot further than I thought it would.  What is it about walking on wood planks that makes one happy?
Then, we came into a grassy hill area that was stunning. Everything was so green, and the sun was starting to come out.
I felt like I was in the opening credits of Little House on the Prairie.  Cue the music.....'Dah na na na, na na nanana....duhduhdananana.'

Oreo did great!  We didn't see anyone, which helped, but he started sniffing right away and didn't get nervous in the spot where he has in the past.  I didn't have to dole out any treats at all until we got back to the parking lot.
Of course, Chewy had a good time and kept dragging us down to the water.
We walked and sniffed for an hour.  Then, when we got home, the dogs went right back to bed!  Love that!

In the afternoon, I brought Oreo to a new behaviorist.  Our previous behaviorist is no longer practicing in our area, so we have to travel an hour and a half each way. Makes for a really long day.  I found a new one who has appointments every other friday locally. I thought it might be good to have some fresh perspective as well.  She suggested switching to a different medication.  We're going to make the change gradually over the next few days.   It'll be the third one we've tried, maybe this one will be the charm? I'll try anything to help out my scaredy boy.  If he doesn't do well with the new drug, we may up the strength of the one he's on currently.

None of us were scared of this cute little guy.  I see these in the woods at our house too. I think they're newts?

Happy Saturday everyone!