Monthly Archives: May, 2011

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness. ~ Charles Sprugeon

The recent weather trend around here has been so-so weather during the week followed by spectacular weather on the weekend. This weekend was no exception.

From the trail

It was a perfect day to hit the trail.

Sadie and Luka

It wasn’t too hot so the main activity of the day was running.

Sadie

Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Luka

By the time we arrived at our destination the dogs were ready to jump in and cool off.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Luka

While the dogs splashed and played I kicked back and enjoyed the view.

Cheyenne Mountain

It was pretty much a perfect day.

Sadie and Luka

Our weekend fun was not confined to Saturday, however. On Sunday the dogs had a play date with my friend’s son. My friend’s son loves dogs, but they don’t have a dog so Sadie and Luka were happy to spend the day at their house. I didn’t think to snap any pictures except for this one. It was too adorable to pass up (apologies for the shoddy quality…I took it with my phone).

Z and Luka

My friend’s son is learning about different animals. When we first arrived at their house he spotted Sadie and said “doggy!”. Then he toddled over to Luka, started petting him and said “bear!”. It took some explaining, but he was soon calling Luka “doggy!”, too.

Finally, I am enjoying the day off of work, but realize it came at a horrible cost. Thank you.

mem flag

A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting. ~Terri Guillemets

Luka

Luka

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. ~ Cary Grant

The weather was shaky again this past week and we missed two of our walks. Saturday made up for it, though.

Sadie and Luka

It was perfect hiking weather.

Sadie and Luka

We missed our Friday night walk so on Saturday morning the dogs were ready to go.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

They took off together

Sadie and Luka

and then ran back to get me.

Sadie and Luka

My initial goal of the hike was for the dogs to burn off some energy.

Sadie

Luka

Finally, mission accomplished.

Sadie and Luka resting

As we made our way through the woods Luka spotted something and took off running. He was out of my sight and didn’t seem to respond to my initial call for him to return. Just when I thought he’d lost his off leash privileges he appeared and was running as fast as he could.

Luka

Finally, we reached our ultimate destination.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Sadie

The reservoir was not the end of the fun. We hiked a lot more after we left there.

Sadie and Luka

Luka gave me his best model pose.

Luka

Sadie thinks posing is silly. Why pose when you can run?

Sadie

Finally, my favorite picture of the day. I titled it “Happiness”.

Sadie and Luka

Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dickinson

The weather cooperated this weekend so we hit our favorite hiking spot again. The weather canceled a couple of our walks during the week so the dogs were in the mood to run.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

At one point Sadie wandered off the trail and fell behind. I figured this was the perfect time to get a great shot of her running to catch up. She had a surprise for me, though.

Sadie brings me a present

She brought me a dead bird. Yuck!! (She did drop it as soon as I told her to drop it.)

Luka proved that last week’s behavior was not a fluke. He ran ahead on the trail but always waited for me to catch up.

Luka waits for me

When I stopped walking he came back to get me.

Luka waits for me

This week I noticed that Sadie waited for me whenever there was a trail junction.

Sadie waits

Luka just picked a trail and ran ahead (and was often wrong about which way we were going), but Sadie waited for me to lead the way.

Sadie

Once I showed the way the dogs went ahead of me.

Sadie and Luka

As always, the highlight of the day was the water.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie swims for treats

Despite the wonky weather (fog to sun to clouds back to sun back to clouds) it was another spectacular day (can you spot Luka in this picture?).

Here comes Luka

Finally, I don’t know when the Sleeping Olympics begin but the training around here is intense.

Milo

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first. ~ William Shakespeare

This weekend marks six months since I fell while hiking and sprained the living hell out of my ankle. I’ve spent the past six months diligently working to first heal and then strengthen my ankle. The first couple of months were rough, but I knew that if I pushed through I would be ready when the 2011 hiking season arrived.

All of the hard work was worth it.

From the trail

Yesterday the dogs and I hit the trail for our first hike of the year.

Sadie and Luka

A notable difference from last year: Luka is off leash on the trail.

I’ve had him for over a year now. He’s become very obedient and seems to have bonded closely to me. I had a feeling he could handle being off leash and I was right. He always came back when I called and he never got too far away from me.

Sadie and Luka

Best of all: he and Sadie had a fantastic time exploring together. (I love the big smile on her face in this picture.)

Sadie

They ran around so much that they needed to rest just 30 minutes into the hike.

Sadie and Luka rest

Then they had to rest again just a short time later.

Luka

Finally, we reached our destination (where Luka jumped right in and started swimming).

Luka

Sadie swam, too.

Sadie swims

They also played together.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Luka explored the rocks.

Luka

When it was snack time the dogs kept a close eye on my bag of carrots. (They both love carrots.)

Luka

Sadie keeps an eye on my carrots

It was a lovely day.

Sadie and Luka

Finally, Milo continues training for the Sleep Olympics.

Milo

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