Monthly Archives: May, 2010

Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting. ~ Anonymous

The weather over the weekend was fantastic. It was one of those gorgeous days at the park that took my breath away.

View

One of my favorite things about Colorado is the sky. From time to time, I have people email/comment to ask if I alter the color of the sky in some of my pictures to make it so blue. I do not. The sky here really that blue. This picture shows it and I love the contrast of the green and blue in this picture.

Green and blue

The wind was manageable this week so we were able to explore more of the park.

View

We walked through fields.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

We climbed the hill.

Climbing the hill

And enjoyed the view from the top.

Overlook

Sadie enjoyed a rest in the sun.

Sadie

We walked through the woods.

Sadie

At one point, Sadie spotted something in a tree.

Luka - There's something in this tree!

She encouraged Luka to take a look, too.

Do you see it, Luka?

But, the dogs’ favorite spot was the stream.

Sadie and Luka.  Well, Luka's butt.

I love how Sadie plows through the water with wild abandon.

Sadie

Luka continued to enjoy drinking from waterfalls.

Drinking out of the waterfall

I’ve tried playing fetch with Luka, and he’s not really into it. He’ll fetch sometimes, but most of the time he just watches the ball fly through the air and then walks away.

However, he found a ball in the stream and really liked it. In fact, he played fetch with himself. He’d toss the ball around.

Tossing the ball

Then he’s watch it fall.

Luka plays fetch with himself

He’d paw at the ball.

I'm pawing at the tennis ball

Then he’d pick it up.

Going for my ball!

And start all over again.

Got the ball!

This happened near the end of the time at the park and Sadie was tired. She climbed out of the water and took a nap.

Tired

Luka was tired, too. This is how he fell asleep on the way home. (It’s hard to see, but he’s actually sitting on Sadie.)

Luka is weird, part 2

The way he fell asleep is further evidence that Luka is weird. I had my first evidence earlier in the week when I lost Luka. I lost him in my house. That may not sound too odd, but I live in a very small house (700 sq. feet) and losing a dog of Luka’s size in a such a small place was very strange. I found him tucked behind the couch.

The backside of Luka

I hadn’t even thought to look there because it’s such a small space. I store a lot of stuff behind my couch (my home has no storage space) and I didn’t think a cat, let alone a 100lbs. dog could fit back there. But he can fit and evidently he likes it there.

Luka is weird, part 1

I have socks!

socks

More details and pictures are here.

Finally, for those of us in the U.S., it’s Memorial Day. I’m enjoying my day off work, but I realize that it came at a horrible price. Thank you.

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

We went to the park last weekend. It was horrifically windy so we spent most of our time in the woods by the stream.

Sadie and Luka

Summer has arrived and with summer comes the hiking sandals. I joined the dogs in the stream.

Summer is here...the sandals have come out to play

The foliage grew a lot in the week since we were at the park and the dogs enjoyed running through it.

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

All of the running meant that I had two very happy dogs.

Sadie

Luka

Sadie took a nap when we got home.

The dog park wears her out

And later that evening it was time for Wrestlemania.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Finally, two random pictures I shot last weekend that I really like.

Luka

Sadie

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor

The socks have heel flaps!

Socks

And since I took this picture they also have heel turns.

Today marks four weeks since Luka came home. He’s learned his name and often does this when I say his name (I love dogs that tilt their heads.)

I tip my head when you say my name.

When I went looking for a new dog, I hoped that I would get one that liked to play. I found one that loves to play.

Luka always starts by chewing softly on Sadie’s feet.

Sadie and Luka

When Sadie gets sick of it she jumps him.

Sadie and Luka

And the wrestling begins.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

After a week of cold and dreary weather the clouds parted (briefly) for our trip to the park.

Foothills

This week there was a lot of splashing.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Luka found a deep part in the stream.

Luka

Luka

Sadie preferred to hang out while Luka explored.

Sadie and Luka

She loves the water.

Sadie

The dogs did a lot of running.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

We climbed the rocky hill.

Sadie and Luka

We spent a lot of time in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie likes that, too.

Sadie

Sadie also kept an eye out for squirrels.

Sadie

We walked about four miles at the park. The last mile was in the rain. We arrived home soaked, but had this waiting for us.

Rainbow

This afternoon I looked outside and saw Luka sleeping like this.

Luka lets it all hang out

Weirdo.

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. ~ Arthur Rubinstein

Spring has sprung.

Spring

The blossoms have appeared at the park.

Spring

After a winter of brown the park is finally turning green. That means there are a lot of wonderful things to sniff.

Sadie and Luka

It was a gorgeous day at the park. I took a leap of faith and let Luka off the leash the entire time we were there. He was a very good boy and came back every time I called for him. He also stayed relatively close to me (not as close as Sadie, but close enough that I didn’t worry).

Sadie and Luka led the way on the main walking trail.

Sadie and Luka

We also went off the main trail to climb one of the hills.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

We all enjoyed the view from the top.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs explored the woods together.

Sadie and Luka

And, of course, there was a lot of splashing in the stream.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

At one point, Luka was darting in and out of a waterfall. Sadie and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing.

Sadie and Luka

Then it became clear: he was trying to drink the falling water.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs enjoyed running together.

Sadie and Luka

They ran separately.

Sadie

Luka

And they played chase with other dogs (I love how Sadie and Luka are each chasing a different dog).

Sadie and Luka playing chase

All of the running meant they slept the whole way home.

Sadie and Luka crashed after the dog park

The feet of the socks are done. The stripes aren’t as close as the last pair, but I still love them.

Socks

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~ Bertrand Russell

This blog used to be about knitting, but it seems to have morphed into a dog blog. I do actually have some knitting to show you this week. The foot of one sock is done!

One foot, done!

I name all of my projects in Ravelry, but can’t think of a name for these socks. The name of the colorway is Good To Be Girl, but I don’t really like that name. Any ideas?

Last Sunday we had snow. Luckily, we went to the park on Saturday, when it was a bit nicer. Luka spent most of the time on his leash (I don’t fully trust him yet), but I did allow him some off leash time. He was very happy.

Luka

He explored with his sister.

Exploring

Fun in the stream

He showed off his agility.

Heading across the stream on a log

Well, until he lost his footing and fell.

Luka loses his footing

Luka falling off the log

And he ran.

Luka

It turns out that Luka loves to run.

Luka

Sadie loves to run, too, but Luka left her in the dust.

Luka leaves Sadie in his dust

Sadie took time to smell the flowers.

Sadie stops to smell the flowers

She also ate some grass (she loves to eat grass).

Sadie loves to eat grass

She also contemplated the best way to deal with rushing water falls.

Sadie contemplates the waterfalls

About two seconds after this photo was taken Luka misjudged where he had to jump and instead of jumping over Sadie he crashed into her. (She was fine, just a bit startled.)

Sadie has no idea Luka is about to plow into her

Both dogs enjoyed the ice cold stream water.

Mmmmm....cold water.   Yummy.

Luka enjoys the water

We all enjoyed resting together on top of the hill.

Resting

Both dogs crashed on the way home.

On the way home from the dog park

And they stayed comatose all evening.

Pooped after the dog park

Pooped from the dog park

Thank you to everyone who left such wonderful comments about Luka. I’m still amazed that no one claimed him at the Humane Society. He is a very good dog and is quickly adapting to living here. Even though Luka annoys Sadie at times (he can be a pesky little brother), I think she looks happier since he moved in.

Sadie Maxine

I no longer feel horrific guilt when I leave for work. I like knowing that Sadie has a friend to hang out with all day. They make a great pair.

Sadie and Luka

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