Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Is Summer Here?

Finally yesterday we had a really nice afternoon. It was sunny, if not a little on the cool side, and it was the perfect time to take a walk with a frisky dog. Naturally (ha!) I chose Indi to accompany me. No, really, I picked Indi because I thought it would be a good idea to work with him on recalls. He's not likely to be a serious sled dog for too much longer, so he needs to have at least some basic manners. Hiking with him off-lead would be a nice activity to work on, so I decided to start by schooling him on a flexi-leash.

We drove to the Beach Lake trails parking lot and parked. Matt took off for his evening run, but Indi and I started a jaunt down the road toward Beach Lake. It took us about a half an hour to get down there and Indi was a little on the warm side when we finally arrived. Without even batting an eyelash, he strutted down to the shore of the lake, waded out into the water and flopped down. You could almost hear him say "aaaaaaahhhhhhh......." What a silly dog! He's certainly not your typical sled dog who won't go anywhere near the water. He even dog-paddled out into the lake a little bit before returning to me. Honestly, this dog would be a perfect boat dog! Too bad we don't have a boat.

Half an hour later, we were back at the car. Indi had gained some much-needed recall work (he did quite well, might I add) and I got some exercise. On the way home, we dropped by Bonnie's house to give back some things that she left in my truck by accident on Saturday when we went to the Iditarod signup in Wasilla. Needless to say we ended up staying for a glass of wine and good conversation.

I love my life! :)


Dog_And_Sled said...


I just came across your blog a few days ago and wanted to say that I really have enjoyed looking through it! You (and the dogs!) have a great life!

I am a musher down here in Georgia, where we have to run dryland all year round. I mostly do scootering since I only have one dog right now who is interested in sledding (like Indi, she is a water-lover and likes to go swimming, whether it be in a creek, lake or kiddie pool).

Anyway, I just wanted to drop in and say hi! I look forward to reading your future blog posts.


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