The adventuresome life of a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland dog in Northwestern Ontario

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Wednesday Walk Talk

I caught someone up our gravel path yesterday.

Who's That

Who’s that?

Somehow, Elizabeth snuck out of the two-legger house while I was out barking at something important elsewhere. She got me to run all the way back by barking in a strange dog voice that got me very curious…

I wasn’t angry with her though. It’s been ages since Elizabeth has been able to go for a walk with me. It was good to go on an outing with her. I got so excited that I actually ran right past her. I had a little trouble stopping ’cause the path is packed fluffy white stuff and slippery. Eventually, though, we got our pace set and off we went.

Sure feels good to be out walking with my favourite two-legger again!

Sure feels good to be out walking with my favourite two-legger again!

I thought maybe it would be nice to go our old off-road route, where we had the snowshoe trail last year. Remember?

Can we go this way, please? BOL

Can we go this way, please?

But Elizabeth said, “Not today, Stella.”

I wonder why? BOL!

I wonder why? BOL!

I decided to run on ahead a bit. Elizabeth had to stop to take some photos that were, uhm…, well, just a little bit embarrassing for me. You see, I’d gone for a walk with Kay the day before and had asked her the same question. I tried to show her it would be okay…

It was not as easy as I thought...

It was not as easy as I thought…

There is a technique involved in this kind of cross-country travel: Leap, breathe. Leap, breathe. Leap, breathe. Eventually, you give up and come back to the gravel path.

There is a technique involved in this kind of cross-country travel: Leap, sit, breathe. Leap, sit, breathe. Leap, sit, breathe. Eventually, you give up and come back to the gravel path.

I came back to find Elizabeth taking a photo of our little and ever-narrowing gravel path. The growly beast just fits. Elizabeth says we’d better not get any more snow. But I smell more coming…

These days, I pull my head in the window when we're on our rides and reach this point.

These days, I pull my head in the window when we’re on our rides and reach this point.

Just a short walk today. But it was fun!

The rush home for supper!

The rush home for supper. See you soon!

Trail Packing: Wordy Wednesday!

I tried really hard to get this up for yesterday. Turns out I’m really a techno-peasant pup. I had to give up my ambitions as a documentary producer and turn the project over to my scribe. To my relief though, even she had trouble putting this together for you. She had to break it into two parts to get it to work. That’s all right, though, isn’t it…. Now you can take a quick break for water and treats in between films!

Every winter, Elizabeth packs trails for us to walk on instead of using the big gravel path. It gets slippery, and the growly beasts drive too fast on it, so it becomes dangerous for us to walk on it. Sometimes when black growly beasts pass us, I leap at them. I really hate black. It’s a colour filled with danger. So, I need to protect my two-leggers from it. Problem is, the big gravel path is so hard and slippery that sometimes I fall, or my two-leggers lose their balance and fall, or the growly beasts slide trying to avoid us. One of these days, someone will get hurt….

Elizabeth’s solution is to make us trails through the forest. They are much easier on the paws and I don’t need to stay on a lead. I can forge ahead, scouting for danger without dragging my two-leggers along in my wake. We all enjoy that much more.

The snow is late this year (we didn’t get enough at all last year!), so we’re getting off to a late start on the trail project. But this weekend, Elizabeth packed two. I asked her if we could make a documentary about the process so those of you who don’t have snow or webbed paw extenders like Elizabeth’s can see how it’s done. I hope you enjoy our little feature. It’s about 51 dog minutes long (that’s just over 7 human minutes… BOL!). It took us longer to pack the trail, but we didn’t show you everything. It took us MUCH longer to put the film together. Whew…!

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