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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 09:54 am
Oxbow Falls County Park

This is Dahlia's "gotcha" weekend. Technically her gotcha day is this Monday, May 17. So we're celebrating it this weekend since I have to work on Monday.

Yesterday we decided to check out the Oxbow Falls County Park, about 30 minutes drive away from the cottage on the lake (we're staying there this weekend -- it only makes sense as it's where we were living when we first got Dahlia!). The super nice thing is that it's in Madison County, whose requirements for pets are not leashes but "under control." It meant we could legally take Dahlia off leash in the park. Not that we always abide by leash laws (bad I know!), but Dahlia is always under voice control and, frankly, better under control than many of the dogs we see out and about who are ON leash. Yay for collie dogs and mixes. lol

We first started out at the Oxbow Falls Disc Gold Course. We made the mistake of thinking that the disc golf course...

OH GOD THERE'S A SCARY ARACHNID NEXT TO ME!!!!

*runs away and hide while David kills it*...

Ok...where was I? We made the mistake of thinking the disc gold course and the trails were one and the same and wandered around the golf course for a little bit before thinking to head up the road and see if there were trails there.
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Dahlia waiting her turn at the porta-potties. Hey, at least she's polite!
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So then we headed up the road and found the actual park we were looking for. We first got to the overlook, which gave us a lovely view of the valley.

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Dahlia immediately wandered around to the outside of the fence to look over the huge 100 foot drop. Scary! She was pretty calm about it though.
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Looking down part of the falls.
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Looking up into the trees.
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Dahlia had to pause on the trail many times while David or I took pictures. She always strikes such a noble pose.
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A pretty flower we saw along the way. There were many of these. I have no idea what they were.
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Even though Dahlia is completely out of focus here, I still love the photo.
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Geez, Mom, why do I always have to wait for you people?
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Then we came across this little cave that we had to go check out.
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Dahlia was a bit unsure of crossing the creek.
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But she did it anyway. It's fun watching her mind work as she figures out the best place to put each paw down.
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David took some nice photos of the cave. One of them turned out like this. Dahlia just HAD to go explore.
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(This photo really looks better larger)


Here's the falls near the cave.
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Dahlia makes her way back across the creek: a video! I never think to take videos. I don't know why. So here's one of two I got yesterday.



Then we got to a staircase that took us down near the bottom of the park. We got halfway down and discovered one of the steps missing. Uh oh! David and I could both easily make it down without the step, but what about Dahlia? We decided to watch her and see what she would do. I stepped down to the lower step and Dahlia watched me, paced back and forth, finally lowered her whole body to the step before the missing one. And then she used one paw to grip the side where the missing step was and got herself down to the next step. I really wish I had thought to take a video of it because it was fascinating watching her mind work.


And then we came to THIS:
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If you can't tell what's going on, the middle log has fallen out and the second railing is gone as well. Again, David and I could make it over easily by walking with one foot on each remaining log. Dahlia?

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Mom, you must think I'm crazy!

Actually, Dahlia put her feet up on it and looked like she was going to attempt to cross. Look, I want my dog to learn the dog walk and all, BUT NOT LIKE THIS OMG. I had a nightmarish vision of her missing the log with a back paw and falling to the creek below. NO WAY. We pointed down to the creek and she seemed to understand! So off she went to down below to find a way to cross. I got a video of the crossing too.



Just look at that mind work!


Of course, we soon realized we weren't MEANT to go that way as it led to the disc golf course. Oops. So back over it we went and Dahlia went through the creek easily the second time.
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We stopped a handful of times on the way up due to my asthma, which gave us an opportunity to take more photos, like this one.
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Dahlia makes it back up to the top!
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And laughs at us for worrying about her not being able to figure out ways to traverse the harder parts.
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Please Mom, your worry is unwarranted. Adventure doggy can take care of herself.
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Dahlia loves her Daddy.
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Then we stopped out at Troops Scoops, where we got burgers. That included Dahlia. She got a burger (sans bun) all to herself. We met a "cockeranian" there and holy crap that was a ridiculously silly looking dog. Think Pom foxy face with cocker curly hair on top of the head, cockerish ears, and a weird beard looking thing (like mutton chops, seriously). What an odd dog. Nice. But odd. Dahlia also got her own ice cream. No she's not spoiled is she?
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And this is what Dahlia looked like while David ran into a couple antique stores and I sat in the car and listened to the end of Gonoud's Faust (final trio FTW!).
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sethington
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)

That trail looks so neat, especially with the cave which I would have TOTALLY crawled into. :P I can't wait until Terra's recall is good enough to go off leash on trails.

Is that a dreamcatcher on Dahlia's collar?


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crysania4
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Crysania
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)

It does sort of look like a Dream Catcher! Alas, it's just her tags. lol Her name tag and rabies tag are held on with a regular o-shaped thing and behind it hangs her license, which is held on with an s-shaped clamp.


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crysania4
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Crysania
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)

I looked up trilliums and it very well could be! I'd never seen them before. Pretty flowers.


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yesididit
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yesididit
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)

what a wonderful place to explore! love the videos of dahlia, and the nice close up picture of her as well. i wish puppy had a decent off leash recall, but he doesnt. to him, theres just too many things out there that are far more interesting than i am.


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crysania4
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Crysania
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)

With Dahlia it's not even totally a matter of recall. She mostly sticks to the trail and by our sides. She does a bit of exploring off the trail if we head off it, but rarely does she get too far from us. She's 100% velcro dog. I'm guessing it's partially because she's part BC and partially because she was abandoned at one point (the thought of someone just dumping her out on the street, taking off her collar, and leaving her kills me!). She DOES have a good recall but that's mostly due to velcroness too. I guess the next dog I'll have to do some real training with to get them to be like Dahlia! lol


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yesididit
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yesididit
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)

puppy was picked up off the streets by animal control. they think he'd been out there a while, and he'd had a terrible case of fleas bad enough to cause temporary hair loss on his hind end. puppy is an independent dog. he doesnt fear much, he's very curious, and he's got prey drive thru the roof. we've been thru two obedience classes together, and he'll listen for food on a leash, if nothing more interesting is happening. but that boy is definitely not afraid of chasing off after something with me out of sight. i suspect molly would probably be more like a velcro dog, on her own anyway. but she likes to be puppys shadow, do what he does, go where he goes, so i suspect if he ran, she'd chase.


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Amanda
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)

lovely pictures, that trail looks gorgeous! Can't wait until the good weather comes in here so we can go on proper hikes :)


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sarah
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)

Oh, the rest of the trail looks as gorgeous as the cave you posted already! Love it. She has the same look during the creek crossing as frankie. Adorable.


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crysania4
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Crysania
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)

I love their look of intense concentration! You can see how Dahlia's mind is working..."If I put my foot there? Yep ok, not slippery...so how about here...oops scary back off back off!!" They're smart doggies, they are!


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sarah
Sun, May. 16th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)

Seriously! Frankie is so funny when he has to cross the river or an area at the beach like the other day. He'll look everywhere for a more shallow part, even if it's really far from me. Then he'll plan out his route, each step then the next. Then if it's not to his liking, he'll just turn around and go the other way. Which is why when he swam that time, i was SO surprised he just jumped in.


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