A couple of weeks ago, I was on vacation with the whole family. We’ve never been on vacation where I didn’t have to go do something like obedience or Rally, so this was a real vacation.
Even better, there were places to go hiking! No just the usual, walk down the sidewalk, check my pee-mail, make a few posts kind of walk, but real hiking. I was so excited! When we hike, I get to be off-leash. Really off-leash, not on a long line, not in heel position, FREE!
There is SO much to sniff in the woods. I didn’t see anyone, but I smelled horses, lizards, snakes, deer, birds, and maybe even a bear. There were all kinds of trees and flowers and weeds and pine needles and rocks and….well, it was just amazing! Some of the trail was shady and some of it was sunny.
Mom wanted to make sure I’d have plenty to drink, so she bought me my very own water bottle! It has a little roller ball in it, so I could lick it and get water from it. I do not like to drink out of a dish if I don’t have to, and Mom didn’t want to waste water by letting me drink out of a regular bottle (like the one she drinks out of), so this was a great find! She attached it to my leash which she carried, but I did hear her say something about me needing to carry my own supplies next time. I’d do that if it meant we could hike farther.
We did a bunch of hikes while we were there. On the first day, we went on a trail that Mom’s friend Maria had shown us, and it was amazing! Mom did put some stinky stuff all over her and me before we went. She said it was to keep the mosquitoes and ticks away. It smelled really bad, but she said it was citronella essential oil and that I needed it to avoid getting something like Lime disease. I didn’t really know what that was, but I’ve seen those videos of those poor Berner puppies with the lemons, so I figured it must be something like that.
Once we started hiking, I didn’t really notice the smell as much, and it was worth it to get to be out there in nature. Mom wasn’t really an outdoor kind of person as a kid, so on our first hike, I could tell at one point she wasn’t sure if we had taken a wrong turn, so she looked at me and said, “Well, we aren’t back yet, so we’ll keep moving and eventually we’ll get back.” That wasn’t very inspiring, I must say, so I figured I’d use my super sniffer and my keen sense of direction to get us back. I told her to just let me lead the way, and sure enough, we ended up back on this very steep gravel road, and as soon as Mom saw it, she said she knew exactly where we were. We are a good team!
I’ll share more about my vacation in later posts.