Category Archives: dog(s)

One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~ Dale Carnegie

It’s been an odd summer in my neck of the woods. The combination of an epic wildfire (which closed many of my favorite hiking spots) and unbearable heat has meant the dogs and I have been a bit lacking in our outdoor adventures.

Not last weekend.

We hit the road and headed for the hills. The destination: somewhere I’ve wanted to hike for years.

Trailhead

Luka eagerly led the way while Sadie waited for me to snap the picture.

Hitting the trail

The woods eventually opened up.

Leading the way

Sadie and Luka

Luka enjoyed exploring.

Luka

He especially liked climbing on the huge rocks.

Exploring

Luka

Sadie was fond of the cool stream water.

Sadie in the stream

As for me….I enjoyed the scenery.

View

View

View

As we neared the summit Luka (finally) started to look tired.

Luka

And Sadie appeared to take in the view.

Sadie and Luka

Finally we reached the summit.

View from summit

The dogs rested

Sadie

Luka

and I took in the view.

View from summit

View from summit

View from the top of The Crags

When we returned to the car the dogs immediately settled in for the ride home.

Back in the car:  tired!

By the time I stopped for a snack

Post hike snack

the sounds of snoring were coming from the back of the car.

Luka sleeping on the way home

Too much of a good thing is wonderful. ~ Mae West

The calendar tells me that summer is just around the corner. I think summer is already here.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs and I returned to the ‘ole swimming hole today. To say it was a smashing success is an understatement.

Luka

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Even before we arrived at the water the dogs seemed downright gleeful.

Luka runs

Sadie

There was exploring.

Sadie

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Sadie and Luka

Like always, Luka ran ahead but always waited at a trail junction for me to point the way.

Luka waits

It was a gorgeous day.

View

Sadie

Luka

Shortly after we arrived home the thunderstorms arrived. Luka settled in the chair in the front of the window and watched the rain fall.

Luka looks out at the rain

Perhaps he was dreaming of the swimming hole?

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. ~ Louis L’Amour

There has been hiking happening around here.

Pikes Peak in the distance

It’s the picture taking that’s been lacking. I finally remembered to snap some pictures yesterday.

There was running.

Off and running

And sniffing.

Sniffing

Here they come!

Here they come

Running

Luka was kind enough to strike a pose at an overlook.

Luka

Sadie managed to smile while running.

Sadie

I smiled while taking in views like this. Oh, how I love my adopted state.

View from hiking trail

When we arrived home I promptly fell asleep on the couch. Upon waking, I found that I was not alone.

Napping buddies

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ~ Vincent Van Gogh

There’s been gorgeous weather around here lately. It’s been perfect for hiking.

Sadie and Luka

And for running.

Sadie and Luka

I haven’t taken a lot of pictures on our weekend adventures lately. I’ve been too busy enjoying the scenery.

View

View

On today’s hike the sky was a beautiful blue and the sun was shining brightly. It was the perfect day to take portraits of the dogs.

Sadie

But they refused to look at the camera.

Luka

Sadie finally cooperated.

Sadie

Luka stayed stubborn and looked where he wanted to look.

Luka

Finally I followed his gaze.

View

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Colorado?

Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you. ~ Aaron Douglas Trimble

After a chilly week the weekend dawned sunny, clear (and most importantly): warm (in the 50’s!). The dogs and I took advantage of the break in the weather to check out some new hiking trails.

Luka

There was running.

Sadie and Luka

Snow eating.

Sadie and Luka

More running.

Here they come!

Off and running

Did I mention all of the running?

Sadie runs

Luka is a running fool

From all of the running it would appear that the dogs have spent the last week locked up in cages 24 hours a day. That, however, is not the case. The dogs and I have been walking three miles a day. I’m not sure where all of this energy came from but it was a lot of fun to watch.

Sadie runs

Luka runs

The great thing about hiking in the winter is that I don’t have to carry water for the dogs. They just eat snow when they’re thirsty.

Mmmm...snow is yummy

The views on our hike were incredible.

View from the hiking trail

Sadie even struck a pose for me.

Sadie strikes a pose

I did mention all of the running, didn’t I?

Sadie runs

Luka runs

At one point Luka took a break from running and flopped down on the trail.

Luka rolling

Soon it became clear.

Luka rolling

Luka rolling

Luka had found something yummy smelling to roll in.

Luka rolling

Sadie noticed and moved closer to check it out.

Sadie checks out what Luka is doing

She agreed with me: the boy is nuts.

Sadie agrees:  Luka is nuts

I have two criteria to determine the success of a hike.

The first is how much mud is involved.

A sure sign of a fun hike:   lots of mud!

SUCCESS!!

The seconds is how tired the dogs are.

Sadie dozed off while I was snapping that picture of my muddy leg.

Sadie dozed off in the parking lot after our hike

SUCCESS!

When we arrived home Luka climbed onto his favorite dog bed.

Luka

Soon he was comatose.

Crashed

MASSIVE SUCCESS!!! (It is very, very difficult to wear out Luka.)

I don’t think any of us will have trouble sleeping tonight.

Exhausted from hiking

Life is not a spectator sport. ~ Jackie Robinson

Winter has arrived and the cold weather means I’m not taking as many pictures on our weekly outings. I managed to snap a few pictures last week before frostbite threatened to set in.

The dogs love to run when it’s cold.

Luka

Sadie

Luka enjoys patrolling the fence line.

Luka

When I snapped this picture I had just told him not to jump the fence (he does that sometimes).

Luka

Running around in cold weather requires fuel. The dogs’ favorite fuel is peanut butter. The favored peanut butter delivery method is a Kong.

Sadie and her Kong

Luka loves peanut butter filled Kongs

Luka looks a bit too comfortable in front of the computer (I need to check my credit card statements for any unexpected charges :) )

Luka

Sadie has no time for such nonsense. There is napping to do.

Sadie

Finally, the Fishermen’s Wool project is coming along.

sweater

Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live. ~ Charles Bukowski

A huge snowstorm hit here on Friday. I came home from work early (and just in time…the highway closed shortly after I arrived home). I was planning on hiding inside all afternoon (a foot of snow and 30mph winds are not my cup of tea). Luka, however, kept giving me expectant looks.

Luka

After a couple of hours of these looks I bundled up and we went out in the storm for a walk. The snow was very deep.

Deep snow

I nearly froze to death but I made this guy happy and that makes me happy.

Luka

Besides, how can I deny a Malamute the joy of playing in the snow?

Luka in the snowbank

If Sadie had her way I suspect she’d skip the frozen walks and stay on the couch.

Sadie

She is a dog who treats napping as an art form.

Sadie

Sadie

Yesterday morning I was sitting on the couch when this happened next to me.

Milo and Luka

I was sure that once Luka realized Milo was there the moment would end (Luka loves to bug/chase Milo).

I was wrong.

Milo and Luka

Maybe my boy is finally maturing.

Being trapped in the house this weekend has had its advantages. My Fishermen’s Wool project is taking shape.

sweater

I still can’t comment on Blogger blogs that utilize word verification, but I am reading.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~ Mae West

Another weekend, another day of the dogs running around like fools.

Sadie and Luka run

Sadie and Luka run

Even though the water was icy it was irresistible.

Luka navigates the icy waterfall

Sadie

All of this playing means a quiet ride home.

Sadie is tired

Interesting pillow, Luka.

Luka - interesting pillow

There is knitting in the house!

A new pair of socks.

Sock

And a new….something. :) I broke my yarn diet to buy this yarn. It has a purpose though, and I have started swatching. Pictures will come later when the project has been started.

Wool

Finally…the answer to a question I sometimes get: “Why do you have such a huge sectional couch when you live alone?”

Milo and Sadie

ETA: Many of the knitting blogs I read are hosted by Blogger. If you use Blogger please be aware that the word verification aspect of comments is not functioning. Even though I enter the correct phrase, Blogger says it’s wrong and won’t let me comment. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

A man needs a little madness or else he never dares to cut the rope & be free. ~ Nikos Kazantazkis

When our hiking season came to a screeching halt in September I assumed it would be April or May before we were able to go hiking again. The dogs and I settled into a nice routine of hitting the dog park on the weekend and (for me) staying warm in the winter weather.

Until today.

2012 has been insanely nice around here. After a couple of weeks of warmth and sun I figured our favorite hiking trails would be free of snow and ice. This weekend we returned to our summer stomping grounds.

Sadie and Luka

When I let the dogs loose on the trail Luka acted like he’d been shot out of a cannon.

Luka running

From the way he was tearing around the forest you would never know that we’ve been walking three miles a day (and more on the weekends). It was like he’d been cooped up in a cage for weeks.

Luka runs

I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful it was to see him running these trails again. The last time we were here was the day before his surgery.

Sadie and Luka

Once Luka calmed down we settled into our usual routine of him leading the way

Luka leads the way

and then waiting for me to catch up.

Luka waits for me to catch up

Sadie enjoyed exploring.

Sadie

And also did her share of running.

Sadie and Luka

At one point she took a quick nap along the trail.

Sadie rests

While Sadie napped I watched the construction of a McMansion just off the hiking trail.

McMansion being built just off the hiking trail

There was no sign of this house the last time we hiked this trail and I was rather startled to round a curve and see it. This house also proves that some people have more money than sense. The house is in a gorgeous location, but there are trees right up to the house (and hanging over the roof). This area is no stranger to wildfires (there were 3-4 last summer) and these morons really should do more to protect that pricey home. Thankfully our hiking area is a public open space so our access to this trail should not be impacted.

The only downside to our hike (besides that house) was finding the reservoir frozen and locked. Luka was not happy about this. He was so excited as we approached the water. When we reached the locked gate he kept pushing on it and trying to find a way inside.

Poor Luka - the swimming hole is frozen and locked

Finally, I snapped this picture this morning. I absolutely love it.

Milo and Luka

There’s no denying it…these two are buddies. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:   The lack of Sadie pictures is only indicative of my camera batteries dying, not her lack of adorableness.

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

I’ve returned to work and reality has set back in but let’s revisit a wonderful day from my vacation.

Sadie

One thing I love about winter is that I don’t have to worry about the dogs overheating. I can let them run themselves silly.

Happy dogs

Sadie and Luka run

Sadie loves to eat snow.

Sadie loves to eat snow

Sadie

While Luka loves to play in the icy water.

Luka

Luka

My goal for a day at the park is always the same: tired dogs. Snoring on the way home is a bonus.

All tired out on the way home

After being cooped up in the house all week the dogs were ready to run this weekend.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Before we went to the park Luka was groomed and he was happy to show off his gorgeousness. (I gasped when I saw him. I hadn’t realized how unkempt he was looking.)

Luka

It was another successful trip.

Tired on the ride home.

Some random (adorable) dog pictures.

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Luka

So far, 2012 is very calm. I hope it stays that way.

Sunset

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