I’m what you would call a smart dog. I can tell when my parents (Bobby and Wendi) are getting ready for work and when they are getting ready to go somewhere for fun. On work days, I just let them leave without so much as a wag of my tail. A lot of times my mom leaves while I’m still napping on bed with Dad in the mornings. On other days, when they are getting ready to do something fun, I can tell. Like this past Saturday, January 28, 2017, when they were contemplating doing something away from the house. I was a little worried they would leave me home, so I just applied my natural puppy charm, by jumping on Dad, running from room to room, barking excitedly and wagging my tail furiously. This convinced them to take me with them.
I wasn’t sure where we were going, but I knew it would be fun. Mom made sure to wear her boots that she walks me in. Plus she took her coat with her — the only one that she wears when we take walks here in our neighborhood. She also brought my winter coat with us and two leashes. I have a few different leashes, one for walking in the neighborhood (a flexi-leash) and one for when we walk out in public (a much shorter leash) and a third when I go to doggie day care (kind of a middle size leash). So with two leashes — neither being my doggie day care leash — I knew a walk was going to be in order. Only I had no idea how awesome the walk would be!
We first went to a place for Dad to get a Philly Cheesesteak. I don’t know what that means, other than a really big sandwich. While he was ordering the food, Mom took me for a walk around the parking lot of the shopping center. I had a sneaky suspicion that this was just the beginning of a great day. And I was right.
After Mom and Dad ate their lunch (which you can read about it here), we then headed to what Mom and Dad called Bedford Reservation. All I know is that it was a huge place with tons of new sights and scents. In fact, when Mom and Dad were looking at the sights, I was sniffing around. We started first by checking out the stream at the Hemlock Path park. Before we got out of the car, that’s when I got my coat on. Mom said it was really cold, but I didn’t notice. I was too busy checking things out.
Then we headed to a place that Dad called “Tinker’s Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook.” What that meant is that we got to walk out on this kind of deck and see the scenery for miles and miles. Mom always comments about how beautiful things would be in the fall with the different color leaves. While that might be true, I think that she enjoyed the overlook thing even in the winter.
The final stop we went to was to see the Bridal Veil Falls. This was my favorite place to visit. We got to walk down a series of several steps to the falls. Thankfully Dad had talked Mom into using the flexi-leash for this portion of our walk. That gave me the ability to run several feet in front of her and not have to wait for her to walk down the snow covered steps. There was also a bridge that we got to cross on our way to the overlook for the falls.
Mom picked me up to stand on the top of the railing by the overlook. I think she did it so she could get a picture of us together. I put up with this kind of nonsense, but only for a little bit. If I had my choice, I’d be on the ground investigating this leaf and that twig and let’s not forget those culverts and holes. I honestly could have stayed there all day. But alas, Mom and Dad were getting cold and we had to head home. Although we did detour to go for ice cream — or I should say my parents got ice cream. They left me in the car (with it running so I wouldn’t get cold) while they went into Z’s Cream and Bean in Hinckley.
It was a great day hanging out with Mom and Dad at the Bedford Reservation on a cold January day. I got to sniff and smell and investigate a new place and enjoy a ride with Mom and Dad and got lots of walking in, too. I guess it pays to be cute and irresistible, at least at my house. But boy, was I tired when I got home!