For the first time in months, I took both dogs for a hike in the woods early this morning. I had been avoiding the woods due to so many ticks earlier in the summer but yesterday, I ran into a “tree guy” and he had not seen ANY ticks lately so I figured I should take advantage of the timing as I’m sure the ticks will be back in full swing any day now. I don’t know if it was the crisp fall air, or the fact that my dogs have not been for a hike in the woods for a few months, but they had such a blast, racing full speed ahead and back to me, again and again. It was truly magical to see them so alive and happy!
I kept Jake on a long line, but Lil continues to have such a great recall, even with a bunch chipmunks chirping their heads off :), that she got to run off leash. I made a concerted effort to run as fast as I could whenever Lil was running ahead, so Jake was able to run with quite a bit of freedom and speed but I definitely could not keep up with Lil. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever seen Lil run as fast as she ran today, and I was stunned to see how effortless her jumping looked over various-sized logs, gulleys, and other natural “agility” obstacles. Since I didn’t have a camera with me on the hike, I inserted a series of photos of Lil jumping at camp last week.
I cannot imagine a better way to start off a beautiful, crisp, fall day! It was totally exhilarating for all three of us! Now, I’m hunkering down to work for the next few days in order to meet a pressing deadline.