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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hiking By Our Favorite Creek

We love our hikes. Hiking with dogs is my favorite pastime, even more so than running crazy with my rescue dog friends at the horse barn. So, we left the newborn kittens and their outdoor cat enclosure behind and off we went. My sissies, Frankie the brindle chiweenie, Linguini the spotted dalmatian pointer mix, and I, Twinkie, the teacup chihuahua, met up with the rhodesian ridgeback pair, Hank and Sue.

Our senior dog, that is definitely suffering from dog arthritis, took the lead

Everyone enjoyed drinking the fresh creek water

I enjoyed walking on it

We pressed on and had a blast exploring, smelling, and marking, but we were cautious because one must always be aware when hiking with a senior dog

And did I mention . . .
We love hiking with dogs. It puts a smile on our faces!

For now, we're pretending our senior dog's fatty tumors aren't there. Unless they interfere with her quality of life, we're going to leave them alone. Unfortunately, her aging seems to progress rapidly. She can not get in the car unassisted any longer and her front legs often "give" which leads to some not so pleasant face plants and a look of pure shock on our girl's face. No matter, we're all going to enjoy our dog hikes and life at it's fullest until we can't any longer. As for me, I have apologized profusely for leaving my pack and getting lost the other day. For a while, my apologies were not heard as I found myself hanging for a green retractable leash, but I took care of the problem. I hid the offensive leash (and that's one of my best dog training tips so far). 

Take your dogs for a hike, you'll all benefit.



Amber and Nala said...

Oooh, in that first picture your terrain looks similar to mine here. :) I hope you had fun...tell your RR friends hello for me. ;)


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow that looks like such a great place for a hike! We don't really have anything like that around here. And tell your sister that she shouldn't worry about the knees giving out too much - the same thing happens to our mom too (though she doesn't usually fall but she is used to it). She said you just act like you meant to have it happen and go on!

Frankie Furter said...

Hi Twinkie, Creek or Crick??? Well which ever it is... that one looks grrrreat to me. I have my cool mountain stream in Pencil Vane E Ah, butt your crick/creek is sooooo nice and close to you.
I have a question for Ask Twinkie... although this one may just make the reading time take GASP 88 mins.. to read.
Here it is.... What ARE we going to do about that PUDDLES??????

Sagira said...

Looks like you all had a great hike. My brother Harley's back legs sometimes give out on him to.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Twinkie!
I know how much you enjoy hiking!
I am sure you all had a great and splashing time!
Kisses and hugs

Olive said...

What a wonderful day!! I love to hike too!!

Licks from me!!


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! WOW What great place for a doggie hike. LOVE the photos. Golden Thanks for supporting me to be June Top UDog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

houndstooth said...

Um, Twinkie, I believe a lot of things, but I do not believe that you walk on water! You're not trying to pull a Puddles on us, are you?


Sonic said...

Oh no... face plants don't sound very nice at all.


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We all know you walk on water, Twink, that's why we all adore you:) Great hike. Sorry to hear that things are tougher for Linguini. But your mom is wise to keep her moving within reasonable limits. Better than letting her become inactive. So did they find that leash yet?:)

Have a great weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

BRUTUS said...

Be careful you don't get carried away in that raging current, Twink! You are much braver than me - I'll only even get my feet wet even when wearing my life vest (and that's only if mom tosses me in!). Linguini looks happy, and that's all that matters in the end. Mason is fatty-tumor city, but they don't bother him one bit (he just looks lumpy).

Brutus & Carmen (the Frenchies)

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

That sure looks like a rough hike there!! Hope you all are nice and rested up!!

Hurry Twinkie!! We want you to come to our Luau pawty!! We miss you!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

the booker man said...

miss twinkie,
hooray for another super awesome hike! i'm glad you ix-nayed that green leash, but make sure you are a good girl!!
the booker man

Lola said...

I'm sorry Linguini's age is starting to get to her, but I think you're right. As long as she's enjoying life, even with some new challenges, she should live it to the fullest.

I'm glad you were successful in hiding the leash. Don't go running off again. As far as I'm concerned in unfamiliar situations the leash goes both ways. I speed tow on walkies, but on noseventures I check and make sure I have a Mom or Daddy attached to me at all times, so I think you're super brave doing things solo. Just don't be foolish is all.

wags, Lola

Kitty+Coco said...

Mom had a Boston before me who started having seizures. She loved to swim and eat biscuits (a true Southern girl). She was prohibited from doing both until we realized that she should be able to enjoy her time left. She played and swam until the day she died a happy girl. You are doing the right thing.
Twink, hehe I hid the remote yesterday and it took them hours to find it! Gurrreat job on the leash.
Kitty (and Coco)

JackDaddy said...

I'm glad everyone can still enjoy their hikes!!! It's always nice to see smiling puppies!

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