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5/18/14 A Surprise Walk

Thank you to all my friends who wished me a Happy 1-Year Family-versarry!  Sending you all a big Woof! and Tail Wags!

We have been busy over here with lots of school obligations.  We finally calmed down a bit today.  My humans surprised me with a long walk in the Pilcher Woods in Joliet, IL.  It was a surprise, because when I saw Mom getting her light jacket on, I skulked under the table, figuring I was crate-bound on such a nice day.  However, Jamie came downstairs with my training collar in hand, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I was going for a ride!  I was so excited, I bounded over to the back door, wagging my tail and encouraging my humans to hurry it up.

It was a perfect day for a road trip; not too hot, not too cold, with the sun shining and a cool, but not chilly, wind blowing gently.  I was very happy to hop into Dad’s van, because that is a much cusher ride than little Zeus, who jounces me all over and sometimes, I get carsick.

I settled down onto the soft back seat and sprawled out my hindquarters.  Then I realized Jamie had to get in, so I scooched over a bit, but not much.  Mom said to share the seat and then I moved a little bit more so that Jamie could buckle his seatbelt.

I had my rear in the shade and my face in the sun.   I was surprised at how long we were in the car!  It was an enjoyable ride.  Dad is a careful driver.  Mom says he is slow like an old man, but me and my tender tummy appreciate his caution.

Dad took the lead and we headed off into the woods:


You can see the black spot on my tail. 

Pretty soon, we came to a scenic bridge, where we got out of the way of a couple of humans on wheels:


We walked 2.2 miles.  We stopped for a rest at the halfway mark and Mom gave me a cold drink of water and a treat.  She said I was walking very nicely!  Whenever we saw people, I wagged my tail and perked my ears up, but I did not jump or pull.  Dad said, “Look, she thinks everyone is here to pet her!” and I could not argue that logic.  Why shouldn’t everyone be there to pet me?  I love people!

Finally, we got back to the van (another drink, another treat) and on the way home I was so tired that I put my head on Jamie’s lap and fell fast asleep.


I didn’t mind sharing the seat this time!

Woof!  Love, Maggie

PS, Mom reports that the dent in my side that looked like I had been hit with a tennis ball – hard – is nearly completely filled in and I am just as beautiful as ever!  Woof!  -M.