Sunday, November 7, 2010

Goofy Tail, Goofy Dog

Truer words have never been spoken.

We played hookie from agility yesterday and decided to just go do stuff that doesn’t involve thinking. No being right or wrong, no yellow paint, no silly poles. Just going. We went up to Oyster Bay. Our favorite used-to-be dump-now-dog- playground.
The pics are so telling.

Can you tell who the thinker is?

Who considers their environment and who’s just moving around in it?

That tail is up always

Seriously, up there a lot

It’s actually quite a good flag. You can tell immediately when she’s listening.

Although, she may not be listening to you

Kate loves to hike. It’s her calling in life. She prefers to follow paths. No wondering around in the shrubs. It think it is related her not wanting to be wrong. Her needing to know her boundaries. When I first got her, if we were hiking and I had her on a long line, she would go to the end of the line and do dog stuff. Walk, sniff, pester Bella, etc. If I took her off her line she would be attached to my hip. Really. Just right there, no wondering off. Her boundaries were no longer defined and she didn’t know what to do with herself. I think she fines some sort of security in a path.

“We are going this way because that’s were the gravel goes!”
Bella, OTOH, not biggest fan of the hike. To her, it’s just like a walk in the neighborhood sans leash, so what’s the point? Once the novelty has worn off she begins to look like she’s on a chain gang.

Beginning: Happy to be here. What’s happening? What are we going to do? Where are we going to go?

About 45 minutes in starts the ‘meh’ body language

I’m kinda over this now. Can we go?

That’s where the secret weapon comes in. That would be the Wubba I stashed in my pocket.

Wubba squeekies also aid in family photos

I do get blown off fairly quickly, though, when they realize it’s not getting thrown.

Again, note the tails. Kate? Really?


  1. Love the last pic. Two buds walking off into the sunset together. How perfect!

  2. They are so adorable! Our dog Stella likes to stick to trails too. She's always looking for approval. I like what you said about wanting to be right. I think that makes a lot of sense for Stella too.