Sally Mischief in Griffith Park

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sally_smI love to tell stories about Sally, our first pup mainly because she was our first dog together but more importantly we got her as a puppy and she was part of our daily life for over 13 years. She was a very sweet girl, although she did create her share of mischief.
When we first got Sally we lived very close to Griffith Park in Los Angeles, and she grew up running and hiking the miles and miles of trails there. By the time she was 18 months old, we had a daily ritual to meet our friend Liz and her two dogs Rudy & Monte for a run or a hike. Sometimes Liz would bring her neighbors dog, Ralph, so there would be the two of us and the four dogs.
A favorite run was up a step trail to the top of Griffith Park – past the Observatory to a spot called Amir’s Garden. From there we would run along a narrow trail across the top of the mountains/hills and loop back around to where we parked the cars. It was probably a good 5 mile run and we would do it at least 2-3 times a week.
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The dogs were usually able to be off leash the entire time and they had a ball.
At the top of the hill, where we looped around and came back down there was a perfect rest stop for us. It was the intersection of a number of trails and there were water fountains to grab a drink from. We would stop for a drink and then pick a trail. There was also a horse trough, ostensibly for the horses, but one day Sally decided she was a little too hot and she jumped right into the trough and laid down.
Rudy and Monte were Borzoi’s and not quite the water fanatic our Labrador was so they looked at her like she was a little nuts. It was the funniest thing since she just took it upon herself to do it. I wanted to get a picture of the trough so you could see how big it was, but instead I found this great video. This is the exact trough that Sally jumped in!


Looks like Kalki enjoys it too!
Needless to say after that swim and then running down dirt trails to get home, she was a huge mess by the end of the run. This became a new favorite thing for her to do each time we ran that trail. I learned to carry lots of towels in the car.



We are joining up with the Monday Mischief Blog Hop, hosted by Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog and My Brown Newfies



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  1. Lots of fun memories. We’ve learned to leave the car seats covered in towels. It leads to some odd comments when people end up riding in our car and we’ve forgotten to clean out the back in advance.
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  2. What a good idea Sally had to use the horse trough as a bathtub :o) We had to learn it the hard way too, to have towels in the car as both dogs had a bath in algae on the beach :o)
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  3. what a sweet girl she was

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  4. LOL its like a personal swimming pool.
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  5. Smart girl, your Sally! In their younger, more agile, days Callie and Shadow probably would have done the same thing! Such wonderful memories — thanks for sharing them with us!
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  6. Muddy and tired, no better combination!

  7. Awesome, nothing better than dirt, water, and exercise! She found her “thing” and I bet she looked forward to it every run on that trail.
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  8. Sounds like a great time!

  9. You can never have too many towels in the car. She had the right idea to cool off!
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  10. Sally was such a pretty girl. It looks like the perfect doggie swimming pool to me. What a funny memory of mischief!
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  11. hahaha!!!! I loved that video!!!! Sally was just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Oh my goodness – the VIEW! That looks like an incredible place to hike to. That trough video – love it! Really seems like a good dog-thing-to-do 🙂
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    • Griffith Park was fabulous. On one side of the summits you had all of LA laid out in front of you and then on the other side, Burbank, the valley and the San Gabriel mountains. It was pretty cool. Say what you will about LA, the park was great.
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  13. oh bless her
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  14. Have you tried those car hammocks? If Mr. N is filthy (and I’ve forgotten a towel), I make him sit on the floor mat until we get home!

    • I just put blankets down in the back of the SUV. Luckily, where we are now, there isn’t much water and Jack and Maggie aren’t fans anyways.
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  15. What a sweet, fun girl she was!
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  16. BOL! That’s a great video! I’ll bet Sally was in love with the trough. Having water dogs changes things. We have a horse blanket in the car at all times, in case the dogs get wet or muddy.
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    • She did love that trough…she would run ahead of us to jump in it so she could get her swim on.
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  17. I think keeping several towels in the car is a must if you own a Lab! That is so cute and so funny that Sally jumped into that trough on her own. I can just picture it (cute video of the shepherd too!). Ace would probably do that but with some encouragement.

    Poor horses have to drink the dirty water? Haha
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  18. This was a sweet story and a great memory. Blue inspired the towel in my car. He loved to swim. So do Scout and Zoey so now I have 3 towels in the car.

  19. Too cute! I bet she loved that! Rita would probably love it too – cuz she hates to swim, but loves to go for a dunk in the water! (I hope no horses ever tried to drink out of that!) 😉
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  20. Silly Sally, my gang would do the same thing.
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  21. Oooh, that trough looks like fun, I’d love to play in it! Not sure my Mum would be too happy though, with all my fur getting wet and dirty! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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  22. Haha! That’s exactly what Alma would do, too – if there’s water, she’s got to to be in it!
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  23. That’s too funny, and I can certainly see all of our dogs doing that too…they love water and don’t miss an opportunity to jump in and cool off.
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