Sunday, March 20, 2005

Quality Dog Time

This last week has left me without a great deal of Ishy time. My usual quality Ishy time on wednesday was taken up with some work stuff, Thursday was St. Patricks Day, and the guys from work and I went drinking Friday as well. I made myself a promise to make it up to Ishy today, and I think I may have kept it even better than I had intended.

With a little bit of google time, I found a nice day hike that was dog friendly on the peninsula. As a matter of fact, here's a link to the review. I figured that I'ld take him out for a few hours of walking and wear him down (I must admit I was high on hubris from last weekend). But then it started to rain at about noon today.

I tossed around the idea of calling off the hike. I wasn't sure I'ld enjoy it much, and I can wear some fleece and a rain jacket, so I was really afraid Ishy would just be wet and miserable. I figured though that at the worst case, I could just turn around if he looks like he's not having fun.

But we get to the trail, and it's muddy and wet, and I let him off the leash (I know I shouldn't, but I figured no one else would be out), and he had a blast. He was running up and down the trail, jumping in the mud and puddles. We was even going up some pretty steep hills like they were nothing. I'm so glad he got the chance to have such fun. And it helped to remind me, that seeing as how his breed hails from the British Isles, I guess that's exactly the environment that his forebarers would have enjoyed.

Sorry there's no pictures, but it was too wet for me to bust out the digital camera.

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