To give Ray some variety on his walks, and to avoid some of his favorite places (he would live at some of them if he had the opportunity …….. well at least until the treats ran out!), we often head straight down to the lake.
We can then work our way through a lakeside park and follow a trail which takes us near to Oakville Harbour. Climbing a couple of flights of wooden steps (Easy Ray…. Eeeeasy Buddy…. Eaaaasy Ray….) and we are in another park which, after a short climbing trail, gives a panoramic view of the harbour entrance and the immediate area. This is where we chill out!
Ray seems to enjoy chilling out there just as much as we do although, to be honest, he seems to enjoy chilling out pretty much anywhere. On the other side of him, is a steep grassy drop down to the service road. We often navigate that slope which is the direct route to a pathway which takes us alongside the Oakville Yacht Club and subsequently into downtown Oakville.
Ray does have this unfortunate habit of going into “zoomie” mode at the most inconvenient times, one of which is when he is on a steep grassy slope! Typically, I am picking my way carefully down the slope and suddenly the leash goes tight with 75lbs of Ray leaping around on the end of it! By the time he is under control, the damage has been done. I guess it’s an age related thing but muscle strains now seem to be a sort of delayed reaction! I am totally baffled trying to determine what recently happened to make the muscles so tight and sore when Carol says “Remember when Ray had his “zoomies” a couple of days ago?
Note to brain: Must take the long way down next time but, in the meantime, I’ll simply blame Ray for my sore back!