Friday, July 17, 2015

The Happiest Dog in the World

This week hasn't exactly been memorable, especially after last week's adventures, but it was exactly the kind of week we love.

We stuck close to home this week with the exception of our post-agility walk.


Barley loves going to tell her friends about what happened in agility in each week.

The summer crowd is starting to slow down a little bit now that the 4th of July is over. Weekends are still pretty busy, but the state park has been virtually empty this week. Over the weekend, we ventured a couple towns over to Lakeshore Reservation, which gives us a little more shade and fewer people since it's not right down the street from the wineries and the restaurants like state park is. 

It was a warm day and there were a lot of kids on the beach, so we stuck to the trails instead of playing on the beach. Last summer, the non-paved trails were really overgrown and I just don't enjoy walking through spider webs, so we've never spent much time on those trails. This week, though, we noticed they were well groomed and gave us a new place to explore.


One of my favorite features of this park is a sculpture garden. I don't know what the sculptures are supposed to be, but it's something a little different to enjoy as we walk along the lake.




Last week, Barley was more velcro than normal (and she's normally very velcro to begin with)--which is probably a result of boarding her. It was nice to see her starting to relax and be my smiley girl again this week. 

When we were posing on the ledges trail last week, she had very little interest in sit-stays and it took a lot of bribery to get her to stay while I backed away far enough to get some of the pictures. This week, she was content to to get back to her "modeling." Her smile seemed to go on for days.



Until crashing waves threatened to get her tail--but she still tried really hard to keep her sit-stay . . .


Throughout our walks this week, there were comments from other trail users about her smile, her prancing, and her sweetness. I couldn't be happier to have the happiest dog in the world back.


Perfect weather this week lead to 4 walks at the state park this week and a total of 34.26 miles for the week. Happy FitDog Friday!


19 comments:

  1. Cool sculpture garden and Bailey sure does look like one happy girl - such smiley pictures!

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    1. We've tried to figure out what it's a sculpture of, but I guess it's just supposed to be abstract. Either way, it's a nice shady spot along the trail!

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  2. I love how happy she always looks!

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    1. Me, too! She's such a goofball--the camera comes out and she insists on being in front of it and smiling like a crazy dog ;)

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  3. yep that is one happy pup,xx Speedy

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  4. Nice to see that pretty Barley smile. I'm especially amazed she could smile with the surf pounding at her back. I don't think my Honey would smile in the same situation.

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    1. I had to laugh at her while we were on the beach. She wanted to listen and sit and stay so badly, but she also wanted to tell that water to stay away from her tail. I didn't make her sit there too long because I knew she was going to have to get up and snap at the water sooner or later ;)

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  5. Awwww. She looks so happy!

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    1. She is a happy girl, especially when we go to the lake.

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  6. Cool sculpture garden. Usually, I'm a perfect model, but now and then I have a day where I just don't feel like it. Maybe Barley is in that mode.

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    1. Barley was happy to model as long as I didn't get too far away from her. Even though she was a good little boarder while I was gone, she wasn't willing to let me move out of reach until a couple days ago :)

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  7. Barley definitely looks very happy and it sounds like you had a successful week of walks! That is a cool place with those sculptures and perfect for some photo ops.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. It was a great week of walking! Followed by this really hot week of moving as little as possible. The sun wasn't in a very good spot for our sculpture photoshoot, but it's close enough that we can visit that park pretty regularly and try again :)

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  8. Barley definitely looks very happy and it sounds like you had a successful week of walks! That is a cool place with those sculptures and perfect for some photo ops.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  9. Yay! Compliments on hikes are always nice.

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    1. Yes! She'd been making me a little batty with her clinginess the week before, so it was nice to get some compliments on her behavior :)

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