We have a lovely, and apparently quite expensive, private school (Appleby College) relatively close to our home. We can walk there in less than 30 minutes and, due to it having trails which go through “natural” areas as well as down to the lake, and being available to the public, we often take Ray there. He has always liked trail walks and just loves going to the lake.
As our temperatures have dropped a little, and as we are getting more cloud cover than of late, it was a perfect time to take Ray on an extended walk so off we went to Appleby College. The trails are made up of wood chips and therefore very soft to walk on, but I am not sure whether Ray noticed as there were clearly many “nose driven” distractions.
The trails that go through “natural” areas are invariably lined with those plants that have round burrs, on the end of the stems, just waiting to attach themselves to a large passing dog! We have had a few occasions where he has needed de-burring but, he didn’t seem to mind the fur pulling!
We followed the trail, down to the lake, which took us past a place where we saw a Cormorant standing on a large rock in the lake but near to the shore. Sharing the rock with it were a number of ducks. It was a delightful scene which was totally missed by Ray as he followed the trail with his nose almost on the ground!
A few minutes late we were at the lake edge and while Cormorant and friends stayed on their rock, Ray just ran into the lake and started biting any waves that approached him. There were lots and they kept coming! He probably had around 5 minutes of wave biting before he wanted to move on, so on to another trail we went and took advantage of the moment to take this pic.
He has always been excited about wooded trails and as we have quite few within easy reach, he really does get spoiled! We slowly made our way back home after spending a couple of wonderful hours just letting him follow his instincts while we watched, and enjoyed doing so!
I have seen so many dogs who are clearly inconveniencing their owners by needing regular walks. The owner is probably walking while staring at a cell phone, and the poor dog is behind them frantically trying to stop and pee! There are also many dogs who want to checkout some interesting scents but the owner is presumably under some kind of time restraints because the dog is dragged passed the lamp posts; the fire hydrants and the hedgerows.
We get so much pleasure out of just watching Ray (which is always an education!), that I cannot understand those who decided they wanted a dog, but then show no interest in it. They really are missing out on so much!