Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

Summer has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods. The dogs and I headed out very early yesterday morning so we could hike before the heat set in.

Hitting the trail

We missed a couple of walks last week so running was the main activity.

Sadie and Luka

The heat quickly arrived so we took a couple of breaks along the trail.

Taking a break

Our breaks allowed me to photograph the gorgeous day.

Where we're heading

Where we were

Some of the cactus (cacti?) were blooming.

Flowering cactus

The reservoir was a welcome relief from the hot weather.

Keeping cool

We missed a couple of our walks last week because I was busy purchasing a new (used) car. For the past eight years I’ve driven a Saturn sedan. I loved that car and it was always solid as a rock (nothing other than routine maintenance). However in the past few months it started having major issues. Considering the car had 172,000 miles on it I had to face reality and get something different.

As much as I loved that car, it was not good for hauling dogs. The tiny back seat meant that Sadie and Luka (and every other dog I’ve owned) had to contort themselves whenever we went for a ride. As I started looking for a new vehicle my main consideration (beyond the obvious price, mileage and safety) was to get something that was more comfortable for the dogs. (I think picking out a car based on canine comfort officially qualifies me for the Crazy Dog Lady Club.)

Mission accomplished.

Riding in style

We took the new car hiking this weekend. On the way home I turned around at a stoplight and saw this:

Turned around at a stop light and saw this.

I think they like it.

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7 responses

  1. I have a Van because of the dogs! :)
    They both looks very comfy in the new car. Lovely photos as usual.

  2. How wonderful! It doesn’t make you a Crazy Dog Lady, but a wonderful owner/Mommy to your beautiful dogs! Nothing better in the world than making those you love more comfortable and happy!

  3. I am a New Yorker born and raised living in New Jersey for over 30 years but I LOVE the West (and Dogs). Beautiful pictures.

  4. Great pictures, and beautiful happy doggies.
    Miss you on the Stagecoach!

  5. The dogs love their new ride! Yeah, you’re the Crazy Dog Lady, but you’re among friends. I’m one, too.

  6. I loved my Saturn, but you’re right it wasn’t practical for the dogs. What did you get?

    They look happy, as always.

  7. No crazy dog lady club! Just love your pooches like you should :) Come on, people buy cars based on the needs with having to haul kids around, why not dogs?

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