I have a friend who recently had a dog dumped on him. He doesn’t really have time to give it the exercise that it needs. I have been really wanting a dog to hike with. The issue is, I have a dog. However, my dog isn’t a good Kansas dog. It’s a Great Pyrennes Mountain Dog. It was made to lay in the snow and herd sheep. I’m sure it’s great at its job. However, it can’t take the Kansas heat and enjoys mostly laying in the air conditioning.
The weather is nearly perfect to be outside which doesn’t seem to happen a whole lot in Kansas. My muscles in my back are also real angry from sitting on the floor painting for several day sin the studio. Time for a little stretch and exercise. I decided to take my friends dog for a hike this morning. I dropped my son off at school, grabbed a coffee, and kidnapped my friend’s foster dog. It’s a husky/wolf mix; a beautiful and timid dog.
I decided that I would let the dog lead. If it wanted to jog, we jogged. If it wanted to stop and smell stuff, we stopped. If it wanted to pee on stuff….well, I took the opportunity to look around and enjoy the scenery. The fun part was that I ended up taking some side trails I don’t normally take. Instead of taking the small bridge, we shot down the side and through the dried up waterway.
Only once, when we approached a slight climb near the end did the dog stop and refuse to move. Even with coaxing he looked up the trail and abruptly turned around to go back the way he came. I took his lead. I don’t know what was up the trail, but if he didn’t want any of it, I didn’t either.
It was nice to move at a different pace, see it a different way, and share one of my favorite places with a creature that loved the experience as much as me.