Our Trip to Big Bear
We just returned from our annual trip to Big Bear Lake. Of the four of us, we think that Maggie probably had the best time of all of us.
She really took to the water this year – as soon as she saw it she waded in a few feet, then a few feet more and then off she went swimming away. Every time we went down to the water, she’d go for a nice swim.
Remembering his escapade from last year, Jack had no interest in the water at all. He liked the beach, but his focus, as expected, was on scavenging along the shore looking for
treasure food. He scored big one day with a huge dead fish carcass. We spotted him with it and then had to struggle to get him to let go – his “leave it” isn’t very good to begin with, and with a HIGH value treat like dead fish, there was no way he was giving it up. We were able to slide a stick into his mouth and pry it open a little to pull out the fish, but he held on to the stick and carried that all the way back to our cabin. I think he thought it was the fish. Once he got to the top of the stairs, he realized it wasn’t and gave me a disgusted look for stealing his fish from him.
We took some great hikes up in the mountains. We let both of them off leash and they were very well behaved. As a matter of fact, I think they were both a little worried about getting lost because they stuck really close to us. They’d trot a few yards ahead and then stop and look back and wait for me. Their attentiveness made for a nice hike, knowing they were being so good.
Steve also took them for a run up Pineknot trail, a favorite trail we hiked last year too. It’s a nice narrow dirt trail that winds up the side of the mountain. Lots of pretty scenery. We got in some trail exercises too that SlimDoggy Steve will write about for FitDog Friday.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very cooperative this year and we had a lot of rain. That’s unusual for this time of year, but we know we need every drop. We had a huge thunderstorm Tuesday night – big claps of thunder and lots of lightening. Happy to say it didn’t seem to phase either of the dogs. Jack made himself right at home. He looks so comfy doesn’t he? It’s unusual because he doesn’t get on the furniture at home, but he climbed right up on this sofa.
Here’s hoping next year the weather cooperates a bit more. What are your vacation plans this year?