Category Archives: dog(s)

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

The dogs days of summer have arrived.

View from reservoir

The usual gorgeous summer weather in my part of the world has been replaced by miserable, sweltering heat that shows no sign of letting up. Luka has been monopolizing the AC unit.

Luka stays cool

To beat the heat we have to take our walks in the very late evening and go hiking in the very early morning. I’m not a morning person and have to force myself to get out of the bed. Luka is always ready to go.

Luka loves the car

I always start our weekend adventures with a long hike.

Leading the way

I love how the dogs always take off together.

Buddies

The beginning of each hike always includes a lot of running.

Sadie

Luka loves to run

Luka loves to wander and explore. He often wanders down the wrong trail and then when he realizes it he runs to catch up.

Luka runs to catch up

The highlight of each hike, especially when it’s so hot, is the water.

Buddies

Sadie and Luka

Happy dogs

Sadie and Luka

To encourage the dogs to swim, I toss treats in the water.

Sadie swims

Luka

Here’s a video of Sadie swimming for treats.

Luka has started swimming more often (he used to just wade in the water).

Luka swims

Luka swims for treats

This leads to his drowned rat look.

Luka's drowned rat look

When we arrive home after our weekend adventure the order of the day is always napping.

Sadie

Tired boy

Milo likes to join them.

Milo

Finally, I walked out the door for work the other morning and saw this: the moon setting at sunrise.

Moonset at sunrise

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~ Henry James

Scenes from a long weekend.

Leading the way.

Leading the way

Sharing the load.

Luka rests

Gorgeous view.

View from reservoir

Fun in the sun.

Sadie and Luka

Flowering cactus.

Flowering cactus

Action shot.

Action shot

Resting.

Sadie

Stubborn (he would not look at the camera).

Stubborn Luka

Very tired (two hikes in two days will do that to a girl).

Sadie is very tired

Ready for the ride home.

Ready for the ride home

Smart kitty (sleeping in front of AC unit).

Sleeping in front of AC unit.   He's no dummy.

Snoring up a storm.

Luka

Big yawn.

Milo yawns

Pretty girl.

Sadie

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.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~ Charlie Chaplin

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog?

Let’s revisit those days.

A couple of months ago a friend gifted me with a sock blank. I broke out the Kool-Aid and created this.

Sock blank

The blank became these socks.

Socks

I love them!

Socks

Full details are on the socks’ Ravelry page.

Since I am a crazy dog lady, I took portraits of the dogs with the leftover yarn.

Sadie shared a zen moment with the yarn.

Sadie poses with yarn

Luka was supervising the photo shoot.

Yarn

After Sadie serenely posed with the yarn she enjoyed one of her favorite past times: rolling around on her back. Sadly, my yard is mostly dirt so she got a bit messy.

Filthy Sadie

Sadie loves to roll in the dirt

Luka is much too dignified to engage in such behavior.

Luka

The dogs and I have gone hiking a couple of times since my last post. These hikes are the highlights of the week.

The dogs always spend the first hour or so running off their pent up energy.

Luka runs

Sadie

We usually take a break or two on our way to the reservoir.

Resting on the trail

Resting on the trail

The dogs know when we turn on the trail that leads to the water and they take off running.

Sadie heads for the water

By the time I arrive they’ve already jumped in.

Sadie and Luka

Cooling off

Luka isn’t fond of the drowned rat look and always like to shake when he’s standing right next to me.

Luka shakes

Luka shakes

Every hiking trip ends the same way: with the dogs sound asleep on the way home.

Sleeping on the way home

The napping continues once we arrive home.

Luka's exhausted

Milo fears his standing in the Sleeping Olympics may be in jeopardy so he practices harder.

Milo

Milo

Finally, the smoke from the Arizona wildfire hung over this area for several days last week. It was very annoying during the day (a thick haze and smell of smoke in the air) but the sunsets were spectacular.

Sunset

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

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things ~ Robert Brault

Things have been a bit nutty around these parts lately. The knitting has slowed down a bit, but the socks are making progress.

Socks

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it but Sadie is a rather dorky dog. That’s why I’m especially fond of this nearly regal picture of her.

Sadie

Finally, a recent sunset.

Sunset

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