Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rest time!

While we have lots of fun outside, the dogs have lots of rest and sleep time as well! 
Here are just a few of silly times we find each of them resting...
"Oh hi mom, I was resting"

Catty has burrowed under the blanket and she says  "Go away!"
We got real chuckle out of this...
"Hi guys, I was relaxing under the blanket!"

Catty using D'light's back end as pillow

Viva is out!
Dreaming of critters...
"Are we going to critter?!"

Sweet, Viva!

Catty comfortable fast asleep!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Movin and grovin in the rain

I'm growing a bit tired of the rain and Viva says "Who cares about it!"
Despite often being very wet and muddy we still find neat things to look at.  So will Viva is scanning for critters I look for fungi!
Each outing, I find something interesting

Viva says "Enough of pictures lets go!"

At Seward Park there is a large outdoor amphitheater which is empty this time of year. 

Viva has lots of fun hunting around the benches

She chases some scent through the mud

The good news is that since Viva is so active outdoors, I never get cold and I get in lots of steps on my fitbit!

Planning out her next move and I get ready to run behind her!

Viva is extremely athletic and onto the rock she goes!

Pretty wet dirty girl!

We avoid the trails at Seward Park since the often have dogs that are off leash on them. However there is a very short trail that Viva and I visit and so far it's gone well in terms of no off leash dogs.

Here's the huntress after a critter trail.  I saw the squirrel of in the distance run up the tree when we arrived on the trail. 

"Where are you?"

I find more fungi!

We move through the tall grass and even with my boots being waterproof I often have wet and very muddy feet!

Getting a better view


And she quickly comes back up...

and back down!

Hunting around and it's time to go as we are both very wet and very muddy

Motor on!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

D'light visits the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Catty and Viva had there fun and now it was D'lights turn!

Here's Catty and Viva's adventure at Golden Gardens if you missed it:

  My plan was to take D'light to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks AKA The Ballard Locks. 
I made sure that I had enough time before Catty's Nose Work lesson so that each dog could have at least 30 minutes of individual adventure time.   Having Viva in our care has really pushed me to stretch my thinking.  She has provided lots of learning experiences for me and nudged me to be creative in what I/we do with our dogs.  Prior to Viva arriving we would often do things with two dogs at a time and depending on the dog we, would do things with all three. 

With Viva, you do things solo unless you have two people - one for each dog.  And even that isn't optimal.  So, we do the majority of our outdoor adventures with just one dog at a time.  Yes it takes more time and this has proven to be interesting.  We've noticed a shift in Catty and D'light's behavior outside since doing this.  We tailor our "adventure" to the dog with us and this gives the dog their idea of fun and we move at their pace - so they have lots of choice.  This has really impacted D'light in terms of confidence and excitement with life! And a bonus for the human is that we can experience more of the environment around us which has been really fun.  So while Viva is challenging she has given me the gift of expanded ideas that I wouldn't have experienced had we not fostered her.  
I decided on the Locks because I knew there were often squirrels on the ground in one area (a positive experience for him) and I wanted to see how would do with environment at the locks.  Meaning the walkways, noise and activity.  We continue to do a lot of environmental work with D'light and he's really made wonderful progress over the year.

The last time I was at the Locks with Catty and here was that fun trip Catty rocks Nose Work class at the Ballard Locks

We arrive at the gate and the rain has really slowed down which was nice!

D'light is relaxed ready to explore. He's continued to increase his independence by taking the lead as we walk.  This is great confidence building for him and nice that he's getting more and more comfortable in new environments.

We get a double adventure as we can explore the locks and the botanical garden!

Passing by the directions to the fish ladder

We will see how D'light progresses on this adventure.  What he communicates by his body language will dictate if we visit the fish ladder.

We first spend time in the Botanical Garden

There is no one here!

D'light had a great time checking around for critters.

Lots to observe

And of course lots to smell

"Any critters down there?"

Sweet boy and I love our 1:1 time together

Off we go...

He did find a squirrel to chase up the cedar tree!

Moving right along and over to the locks we go

An environmental shift and I wait as D'light takes it all in

He move forward and is curious about what is going on.  The narrow pathways and different surfaces don't bother him.

Two boats going through the locks

"What is going on?"

"Do you see all this mom?"

We take in the surrounding environment

Then head on.  D'light stops to watch what's going on.

Here's what we are watching

We keep moving and we are getting close to the fish ladder. D'light is doing great.

Lots of interest in everything going on

We roll by the wave sculptures

We arrive at fish ladder plaza!

"That's a big drop down to the water"

Watching the water roll out - the pathway in the background is where we came from.

"Where's the fish ladder?"

"The fish ladder is over here!"

We need to start heading back...


Moving on and you can hear all the environmental noise and D'light is going fantastic.
"Mom I have a few more things to check out"

A nice view of the environment

Pretty little birds!

Stopping to watch a boat go through the locks

"Just a minute mom - I need to check out this area before we go!"

Off we go to the car!

And Catty and I were on time for our Nose Work lesson and it was a great time!