The weather over the weekend was fantastic. It was one of those gorgeous days at the park that took my breath away.
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.
The wind was manageable this week so we were able to explore more of the park.
We walked through fields.
We climbed the hill.
And enjoyed the view from the top.
Sadie enjoyed a rest in the sun.
We walked through the woods.
At one point, Sadie spotted something in a tree.
She encouraged Luka to take a look, too.
But, the dogs’ favorite spot was the stream.
I love how Sadie plows through the water with wild abandon.
Luka continued to enjoy drinking from waterfalls.
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.
Then he’s watch it fall.
He’d paw at the ball.
Then he’d pick it up.
And start all over again.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I have 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.
We went to the park last weekend. It was horrifically windy so we spent most of our time in the woods by the stream.
Summer has arrived and with summer comes the hiking sandals. I joined the dogs in the stream.
The foliage grew a lot in the week since we were at the park and the dogs enjoyed running through it.
All of the running meant that I had two very happy dogs.
Sadie took a nap when we got home.
And later that evening it was time for Wrestlemania.
Finally, two random pictures I shot last weekend that I really like.
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!
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.)
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.
When Sadie gets sick of it she jumps him.
And the wrestling begins.
After a week of cold and dreary weather the clouds parted (briefly) for our trip to the park.
This week there was a lot of splashing.
Luka found a deep part in the stream.
Sadie preferred to hang out while Luka explored.
She loves the water.
The dogs did a lot of running.
We climbed the rocky hill.
We spent a lot of time in the woods.
Sadie likes that, too.
Sadie also kept an eye out for squirrels.
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.
This afternoon I looked outside and saw Luka sleeping like this.
Spring has sprung.
The blossoms have appeared at the park.
After a winter of brown the park is finally turning green. That means there are a lot of wonderful things to sniff.
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.
We also went off the main trail to climb one of the hills.
We all enjoyed the view from the top.
The dogs explored the woods together.
And, of course, there was a lot of splashing in the stream.
At one point, Luka was darting in and out of a waterfall. Sadie and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing.
Then it became clear: he was trying to drink the falling water.
The dogs enjoyed running together.
They ran separately.
And they played chase with other dogs (I love how Sadie and Luka are each chasing a different dog).
All of the running meant they slept the whole way home.
The feet of the socks are done. The stripes aren’t as close as the last pair, but I still love them.
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!
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.
He explored with his sister.
He showed off his agility.
Well, until he lost his footing and fell.
And he ran.
It turns out that Luka loves to run.
Sadie loves to run, too, but Luka left her in the dust.
Sadie took time to smell the flowers.
She also ate some grass (she loves to eat grass).
She also contemplated the best way to deal with rushing water falls.
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.)
Both dogs enjoyed the ice cold stream water.
We all enjoyed resting together on top of the hill.
Both dogs crashed on the way home.
And they stayed comatose all evening.
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.
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.