Then our post for this week got pushed back because of plans this morning and a power outage from all of the crazy wind that we've had for two days, but I think we're back in business now.
Every year, the first weekend in October is Goblins in the Garden at our very favorite place, the Holden Arboretum and since it's always the weekend of my birthday, I consider it my birthday party. Barley and I can't go to the official event because she wouldn't handle all of the children and other dogs well, but we always go on the set-up day so we can still enjoy the scarecrows and other decorations.
Lots of local groups--garden clubs, camps, libraries--put together creative scarecrows and I always love every single one of them. They also give us lots of opportunities to practice sit-stays and reactions to distractions.
|The praying mantis made Barley a little bit nervous.|
|This is the weirdo my uncle Ben is named after?|
|Hey, buddy. Where'd you get that cool cap?|
Some of the scarecrows made Barley a little nervous. She did not like sitting in front of the praying mantis, but once we moved out in front of the rest of the installment she felt a little braver. There were also many kids at the Arboretum on school trips, so some parts of the adventure worried her a bit, but there were other parts where I could build a little distance to get more of the fun scenes. Even on the spots where she was a little nervous, we could work on calming and focus activities to keep her brain working, too.
|Will the Pirates give me a win for my birthday? Time will tell.|
|Barley got to reunite with her litter mates ;)|
|It wouldn't be a birthday party without silly selfies.|
|Trail closures had kept us from this spot for almost a year. Barley didn't want to leave this perch.|
|Hey guys, where did all the rum go?|
|Barley enjoys speaking for the trees.|
It was cold--50 degrees, cloudy, and very, very windy--but we were both exactly where we wanted to be. We had an excellent 5.35-mile adventure filled with elevation changes, balance activities, stretches, and mental exercise to keep Barley and I happy and healthy as I ring in 31! Thank you to the Holden Arboretum for throwing me another wonderful birthday party this year! Happy FitDog Friday everyone!