Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sunny Saturday

It's cold - like it should be at this time of year - with warm sun in a bright blue sky. We took Toby to Northwest River Park, wearing our hiking boots for the expected muddy spots in the trail, with a bag of treats for one of his favorite games.

The trails wind through woods and are mostly deserted on chilly days. Toby can walk off leash, which is why he loves coming to this park so much. He stands on the console between the seats as we get close, panting with anticipation as the familiar landmarks slide past. 

When we reach the river we split up in the open field. Each of us has a snack stick, and we call Toby back and forth. He runs as fast as he can and scoots to a stop on his rear right in front of one of us. Once he has his goodie he spins around and races to his other person. We call him, but he know the game so well now that we don't really need to. 

After three or four rounds he starts to get tired and is just a bit slower. His tongue starts lolling out. He's been eating so fast that his spit is frothing on his lips. We end the game while it's still fun and go to the riverbank for him to get a drink. Today I threw a few sticks in, hoping to entice him to wade deeper or even swim. No dice - he will only walk in up to belly level.

We enjoy the pretty view and bask in the warm sun at a picnic table for a few minutes. Toby sniffs around near us. Eventually we get up and hike back up the trails with a very contented dog leading the way.


  1. such days are perfect for a long walk... and the view is beautiful!

  2. Looks like a great time...Gypsy enjoys the park too.

  3. That sounds like the perfect day for everyone! What a great and fun way to get Toby his exercise.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  4. Toby you are one lucky pup to have such fun peeps who like to hike and take you places!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  5. That sounds like a super fun outing! (Rita is the same - belly height only in the water! THe only way I can get her to go in deeper is if I go in and coax her out to me. She's SO cute when she swims - wish she liked to do it! None of our dogs have been swimmers!)

  6. Sounds like a terrific outing for everybody! Happy Seeing Beautiful!
    Xo Chloe and LadyBug


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