Just wanting to let you know everything is wonderful. I took Miloh and Frida to Humber Bay East and they played ball, and even swam a bit. They even learned to share one ball, taking turns and so on! Miloh is just so curious, and he adores playing. Frida has a squeeky animal with squared off sections he really has taken to.
Also went to High Park so they could play ball in the field - it never fazes them to locate the ball in the dark, of course. Anyhow they are getting along perfectly. Frida is really relaxed.
Miloh has now settled down on this fake fur in the kitchen. I had a feeling he was tired, so I put a pillow down on the living room carpet and lay down. Sure enough, he lay beside me and settled down. What a fine, bright, loving dog! It's so interesting how we had to discover each other's rhythms.
Hope you're having an enjoyable time. Not to worry about a thing!
I met a Chihuahua today, named Shelby, and I adore her! What a spunky, bright, curious, affectionate dog! She zoomed through the trails and small bushes and warmed to my Frida and the sweetest Golden, Toby. And she loves being patted just the way my lab does. I think people do forget these are real dogs!
Although smells are always shifting, making old areas new, I think changing locale is exciting for dogs (as well as for their humans).
Toby is energized by forests. This weekend I'm going to search out some novel sites and then I'll report back. Have a sweet weekend! With love fromr Janice
I'm so thrilled to be the trail guide in a new Monday hike! We have one English Bulldogge, one Boston, Frida my lab as usual, and possibly the sweetest Golden! I'll keep you posted as to our locations!
Anyone wanting a pack for another trail hike?
Just a quick note - the crate is often misused. Even vets are advocating prolonged use with some formula for willing craters: one hour for every month plus one, up to a certain number of months, of course. So someone I know is using the crate for up to six hours!
I will not use crates when boarding dogs at Happy Trails, which is a home-away-from-home for my canine friends.
A loving Rottie will be coming over for his third accustomization visit.tomorrow. What a difference from his first to his second visit and tomorrow, at his third visit, he should almost be right at home!
When I observed his mixture of eagerness and nervousness during the first visit, I decided upon adding accustomization visits, where the dog gets to know me, our surroundings, and my lab Frida (there is no fee for these 1/2-hour visits).
The Rottweiler will be spending the Christmas holidays with us and I want him to be relaxed and happy. Rushing out to take our Frida swimming!
Looking forward to taking the senior lab swimming or to a grassy ravine tomorrow. I'm going to take the child's wagon along, so she will have the energy to explore without pain or exhaustion. Where are all the ancient dogs who still love gentle explorations? I know they sleep a lot, which might be misleading. I want to take the elderly ones!
Then again, I love the babies.
A late night note - I've been taking the elderly lab out all week, and at our last outing, she trotted, for just a few steps, but she trotted! Also, for the first time, she didn't listen. Something in the forest drew her interest and she was young again, exploring without heeding me at all.
And tomorrow around 11 a.m. I'll be seeing her again.
Janice is the founder of and primary caregiver at Happy Trail Dogs Service. She is also the founder of an arts-related non-profit and worked in the fitness industry for over two decades. She is an artist, editor, writer, and mother of two wonderful women and a glorious lab named Frida.