Thursday, May 9, 2013

My Blog Post for April, 2013

This month we had cold and ice when normally Mommy and I are putting the vegetable garden in (I usually help by digging holes and planting toys).  Then it turned into spring and Mommy and I took a hike, which I blogged about earlier this month.  Then, just when we thought spring was here a few days later we got SNOW! So it wasn't really spring after all.  

Then a few days after that we had RAIN and RAIN and RAIN and Mommy took the day off because our basement had three inches of water in 2/3 of it, plus all the roads to Mommy's work were closed except one and that one crosses a river which hadn't crested yet so Mommy was afraid she might get to work and not be able to get home.  Normally it is fun having Mommy home, but this time she stayed in the basement ALL DAY and I can't go down there anymore, so it was boring, so I made sure to bark for her every hour or so.  That weekend Mommy spent more time in the basement and then we spent time outside while Mommy fixed gutters and window wells and put rocks around the foundation of the house and stuff like that even though most of the water in the basement came up from the floor drain and not through the foundation, but Mommy says better safe than sorry.

After that the weather got hot, summer hot.  I do not like these massive weather changes because it makes my back and hips hurt even though I'm still having my laser treatments.  The vet upped the level of the laser for me the last time because my right leg started dragging again.  We all hope it is just the weather and not me not getting help from the laser anymore.  That would be bad.

Despite the dragging leg and scuffy foot I still have been wanting to walk and hike and sometimes I insist on doing too much, Mommy will stop me if I try to do something extreme, like insist on taking the 8 mile walk. She never gives in on that anymore, but she does still allow me to do up to 6 miles if I want to.  So we took a real long walk through town.  The next day I refused to walk at ALL!   

But after that I felt well enough that I wanted to go swimming. Unfortunately the lake by our house had been treated for invasive plants so I can't swim in it until mid May so Mommy agreed to take me to one of my favorite preserves where there are two lakes I can swim in.  A couple weeks had passed since the big rain so Mommy and I were surprised to see how flooded the lake still was.

You can see the water is about 6 feet over the shore and the little bushes are all getting their toes wet

I hadn't planned to swim quite this early in the hike.  I went in the water to look for a frog and I accidentally stepped off the flooded grass and into the lake.  Mommy was laughing at me and I was not happy about that.

We got to this section of the trail between the two lakes and we saw the water had flooded over it connecting the two lakes.  Mommy said, "Well it is only about ankle deep, we can wade it." so we did.

Which brought us to this part of the trail. I was MUCH deeper than ankle deep.  The water came up above my knees when we were in the deepest part.  Mommy said she hadn't planned on swimming that day.  

When we got to the other side of the lakes we took the bridge over the river and you could see how high the water still was.

See all that gunk hanging off the bottom of that tree (which should be on a small island)? That is all the stuff that got stuck in the tree when the river was at its highest.  That was a LOT of water!

We walked into the woods on the other side of the river.  Mommy wanted to go left, but I wanted to go right so we went right. I then took her through a mowed path in the woods and Mommy was happy because I had taken her to a big patch of two of her favorite wildflowers.

White Trout Lily


After the woods hiking we went back to the lake and I went swimming on purpose about five minutes before we got back to the car so the car would have that wet dog smell for days after.


GOOSE said...

It does sound and look like a good outing to me. Except the slip in the lake part. I would not like that. I only want to go in on my own terms.

Johann The Dog said...

We've been getting tons of rain too!!! Washed out two of our agility trials...that's never happened before. Looks like you all made the best of it!

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

I heard you got like crazy snow and stuffs up by you when we woz hasing like 90 degree wevvers here. I agree with you, Merlin, a good hiking dog should take a fur-cooling dip in the waters just before getting in the car, (especially a new car) to keep our scents fresh. Nice job!