The heat returned this weekend so we arrived at the park early to beat the heat. It was a gorgeous day.
We spent most of our time by the stream.
Sadie enjoyed lying in the cold water.
Luka spent his time exploring the stream.
We also walked through the cool woods.
Park days are the best days of the week.
Luka actually slept on the way home.
Sadie spent the afternoon snoozing with the stuffed bear.
Luka snuggled the same bear later in the evening.
It was a quiet night around my house. Both socks now have heels.
There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home; they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego. ~ Janet Schulman
What a difference a week makes.
Last week at the park the dogs and I struggled to stay cool. This week it was 50 degrees colder and the sun was not a factor.
In many ways, I prefer this kind of weather for the park. It’s not nearly as nice for me, but I can let the dogs run to their hearts’ content and not worry about them getting too hot.
We did a lot of exploring this week. We walked through the woods.
We wandered through the fields.
And someone found yummy stuff to roll in.
They also posed nicely for pictures.
One thing I love about adopting a new dog is discovering who he/she is and the quirks of his/her personality. Luka continues to show his uniqueness. When he’s on land, he’s not that interested in tennis balls. He’ll sometimes play with one at home, but he doesn’t fetch. However, once he gets in the stream he starts hunting for tennis balls.
And always successful.
Once he finds the ball he start playing fetch with himself (dropping the ball and then chasing it down the stream).
I love to watch him do this. I think Sadie enjoys it, too.
You can watch, too. I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video in this post, but you can see it here.
Sadie is always exhausted after our trips to the park, but Luka usually takes a short nap and is ready to play an hour or so after we arrive home. This week I made sure we walked more than we usually do. Finally, Luka was tired when we got home.
He slept all evening. Victory!
I was able to work on my socks without interruption.
Our trip to the park this week can be summed up in one word: hot. We did a little bit of walking through the fields.
Luka dawdled behind me at one point and then raced to catch up.
We spent most of our time in the woods by the stream.
The dogs chased each other.
And ran around by themselves, too.
Luka explored the rocks.
And they both enjoyed cooling off in the water.
Sadie was soaked (and kept wanting to snuggle me so I was soaked, too).
She wanted to keep playing, but she was very tired.
She dug a hole in the dirt and rested.
Luka rested in the shade, too.
We had a lot of fun and the heat was exhausting. After we arrived home we all fell asleep. (Sadie got a head start: she slept the entire drive home.)
Finally, there are new socks on the needles.
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.
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.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet
It was another spectacular weekend here. Sadie and I spent time at our favorite park.
We walked across the fields.
Sadie urged me to stop taking pictures and walk faster.
We climbed the hill…
…and I sat on this bench on top of the hill.
Sadie sat beside me.
We both enjoyed the view.
We made our way down the hill and went to Sadie’s favorite spot: the stream. Sadie immediately got comfortable.
A few minutes later a lot of other dogs showed up.
Then the playing began.
Much to Sadie’s delight, another dog decided to play Chase with her.
After the game it was time for a cold drink.
A quick nap in the sun…
… and a real nap under a tree.
If Sadie could give the day two paws up, she would.
The latest pair of socks are going very, very slowly. This is how far I’ve gotten.
Hopefully I’ll have actual socks to show off next weekend.
Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning. ~ Norman Strung
It was another gorgeous weekend here. When Sadie and I arrived at the park I realized that spring is finally here.
The stream is completely thawed. The little waterfalls are all flowing freely.
As always, Sadie jumped right in.
She barked with joy.
She enjoyed the ice cold water.
And she shook it off when she splashed it all over herself.
Sadie loves the water.
We also explored the woods. Sadie loves to run through the woods.
She loves it even more when there’s someone to chase.
We explored the fields.
In the middle of one of these fields is my favorite bench in the park.
I love to sit there and admire the view.
It was a fun day and when we arrived home Sadie passed out.
I finished the socks last night.
My intent was to get the stripes to match as closely as possible and look what happened:
They match perfectly. I’m still not sure how I pulled that off.
Full details of the socks are here.
I love this yarn so much that I’m going to use it again for the next pair of socks.
Yesterday dawned sunny, but very cold and very windy.
I almost wimped out on the park, but I couldn’t deprive Sadie of the highlight of her week. I bundled up and off we went.
On the way to the park we drove by what I call the spaceship house.
I don’t know the story behind the spaceship, but I laugh every time I see it.
Sadie was more independent this week. She led the way on walking path.
She urged me to walk faster.
She explored the fields.
She took off through the woods.
She came to get me when I dawdled behind her.
She enjoyed drinking the ice cold stream water.
And she relaxed in the cold water (brrrr).
She barked with joy.
Seeing Sadie having so much fun made me forget the cold. Almost.
I’m making great progress on the Grape Ape socks.
Romeo has been helping me knit them.
Finally, a picture of Sadie. The dog takes napping seriously.