Barley is terrified of fireworks. I know most dogs are, but watching my 53-lb. dog try to fit between the back of the toilet and the wall is heartbreaking. So, I was determined to make yesterday Barley's best 4th of July yet.
I managed to actually get out of bed when the alarm went off and we headed to our favorite spot, The Holden Arboretum. Barley's learned the new route we have had to take since they closed our usual one for construction, and she was crying and barking like a fool when we were still 5 miles away. She doesn't get that excited about anywhere else we go.
It was a lovely 61 degrees out when we got to the park, so we took a few of the sunnier trails we haven't really explored since it's usually too warm to not run for shade. Unfortunately, they're doing some work on some of the gardens, so a lot of the trails ended up turning into dead ends, so it wasn't long before we were back to the shady trails.
We love the Pierson Creek Loop, but I just wasn't feeling up for massive sets of stairs and rock hopping across the river, so we just walked the top portion between the staircases. Some time between when we passed the first staircase and when we got back on our return (which was no more than 15 minutes), somebody had made several arrows out of sticks and branches. I made one of the arrows point at the most awesome dog I know.
Usually, we don't spend a lot of time in the butterfly garden because that's where most people who are visiting the arboretum end up. When we're in the woods, it feels like we have the whole place to ourselves. But, we got there early enough that there weren't too many people in the butterfly garden, so we got to see some awesome bees enjoying the flowers.
We saw the biggest frog I've ever seen in one of the ponds in the rhododendron garden. Then we saw another one sunning a few rocks over, but Barley sniffed him and he jumped into the water.
We took plenty of water breaks and posed with Barley's 4th of July bandana. It was so nice out that we got in 4.5 miles without even realizing it.
Since we've regularly been walking 5 a day, I thought we should try to set a new record with our Garmin GPS watch and we kept going until we ended up with 6.37 miles for the hike.
|Bar's pretty proud we set a new record! All smiles!|
When we got home, Barley got a bath with some calming shampoo--who knows if it actually worked, but she needed a bath before her Aunt L comes next week anyway--and then we went out in the backyard to dry off while I listened to the Pirates game and Barley ate a Frosty Paws.
We heard our first fireworks around 4:30, but amazingly they don't seem quite as scary when your nose is shoved inside a Frosty Paw's cup! My brave girl played a little bit of tug with me and a little bit of fetch and was as relaxed as she ever is outside until about 6:30.
When we got inside, I ended the day with an extra special dinner: Blue Buffalo's Red, White and Blue Stew. Barley was so excited that she grabbed the can after our photoshoot and tried to run away with it. I think she was happier when I took it back and emptied it into her bowl.
Around 8, the fireworks started going off more regularly, which sent Barley running for cover. She spent a little time huddled under my lamp--who knows how she gets in there--and then eventually went under the bed instead, so I got a book and read until I fell asleep, too. Who knew a few fireworks were the key to getting me to go to bed before 1 a.m.!
Hope everyone else's 4th was as enjoyable!
We're linking up with Ruckus the Eskie for Sepia Saturday.