Thursday, April 21, 2016

Keep the Old

Last week, Barley got to make some new friends when we met my co-workers for a mid-day walk. She loves to meet new people, but I this week I was excited to take her back to visit some old friends.

Long time readers know that Barley has one of those weird animal friendships with the deer in a park near agility class. She's been known to sit patiently on a trail with deer grazing less than 5 feet away (even though she can't be that close to most other dogs). Since our training center moved, the park where Barley's friends live isn't as convenient to get to. It's finally staying light enough that we were able to visit the park after agility this week.

I always love visiting this park after class because the sunset over the river is always stunning. Barley seemed excited to see the sunset, too.



When we first got to the park, there were a lot of people walking their dogs and the deer were staying deeper in the woods along the trail. We could see them and Barley's tail was wagging away, but the deer never linger along the trail long when there are many other dogs on the trails.

Do you see my friends back there? 

As we kept walking, I saw the deer chasing each other across a big field and then settling along the trail we had to take to get back to the car.  There were about 8 deer eating alongside the trail, and Barley was so happy to see a group of her friends nearby.  


The deer stopped their eating long enough to look up and smile for the camera, and then they were perfectly content to go back to feeding while we watched them for a few minutes.


We ended up doing about a mile more than I'd intended on going since I had plenty of work waiting on me at home, but it had been months since we'd been able to visit this park and seeing how happy Barley was to be back made it totally worth getting home late and having to stay up until after midnight to finish grading papers.

The clouds were covering the moon, but the eastern sky was a beautiful blue.
I was glad to see that Barley is a good little Girl Scout and kept her old friends despite making some new ones--after all, "one is silver and the other's gold."

10 comments:

  1. That's so cute that Barley likes the deer! My dogs would be screaming on the ends of their leashes! They learned in California that deer are for chasing.. Sigh... That sunset over the river is absolutely stunning!

    I hope Barley is feeling better about your new house!

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    1. Barley's getting more comfortable, but it's a slow process. She'd rather be in places like the park, though :)

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  2. So cute! Glad y'all had a good walk :) Loving these later days here! It's been nice to talk Mad Dog on a couple of short walks now that it's getting warmer!

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    1. It is nice to have time for multiple walks during the day!

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  3. It is great that you were able to get to the park and Barley sure looks happy. She was good to just sit there with the deer. Brown dawgs would not have been so good.

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    1. I don't know what it is about these deer, but for some reason they are both totally calm around each other. She used to lose her mind when she saw deer out and about--and most deer run from us before we're even sure that we saw them--but she seems to have some sort of understanding with the deer at this park.

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  4. It's so great you were able to get back to one of your "old haunts" and see some old friends too! That is really amazing that Barley is so calm around the deer. Great photos!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. It was nice to be back--the park was already pretty far away from our old place, but really close to the old training center location, so it was perfect for post-class walks, but now it's not quite as convenient--I'm hoping that we keep having nice weather on class days so we can get back out there until it starts getting dark earlier again :)

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  5. That's pretty awesome! My two would have chased the deer.

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    1. It always amazing me how calm Barley stays around them. She can't be 10 feet from most other dogs, but put a deer next to her and she's happy as a clam.

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