Hi! Hi! This is Zephyr! And this is Astro! We are so excited to tell you about a hike through Woods Canyon that Mom took us on way back in January on Presidents' Day. Can you believe she didn't share this earlier? We have hijacked her computer in the middle of the night to ensure that you all get to see this great place. You are lucky anyways because, let's face it, everyone knows that the humans' senses are not as keen as the canines'. So, even though she does her best, Mom leaves out some of the best things about our hikes. Look at that nice soft reddish dirt! We loved it because it smelled so good and different types of plants grew here that smelled really good. This was one of our favorite hikes yet!
Let us tell you a little more about those Cows. We had been on alert for a while because the the cow scent had reached our noses a long time before. Mom had seen some cow pies and hoof prints so she knew cows had been in the area, she just didn't know how close they were to us. We were strolling along the trail in an area that had lots of bushes and trees. The ground was soft and a little damp in some areas. Astro and I were out ahead of Mom on our Flexi's zig-zagging back and forth across the trail investigating everything. All of a sudden as we came around a corner there they were, two COWS standing on the trail about 50 feet in front of us!! At first we froze for a second or two. Then I came to my senses and told Astro that we needed to let our prey drive loose. We started bouncing and pulling and barking. We kept looking at Mom and asking why in the world was she not letting us go? She was not moved and did not let us go a-cow-coursin. :-( She did have to do some rearranging though. The cows were not leaving the trail, they just looked at us. So, Mom put one of us on each side of her and held our collars as we slowly walked toward the cows. Mom had to lean back to help keep us controlled. The cows were stubborn and just walked along the trail in front of us for a while and then they went off in to the trees. We tried to follow them, but Mom wouldn't let us. Big Bummer! We continued on the trail and now we were on hyper-alert, checking every side track, every bush, and every tree. And then, Holy Cow, there were more Cows on the trail! Hee, Hee, Hee, Hee, Hee, it gives us the giggles as we think of them now! OMG, it was so awesome! The cows are so slow and we are so fast, if only we could have chased them! Mom just told us in her Mom Voice, "This is exactly why you two are not allowed off leash in areas that we are not familiar with". "Blah-Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah", Whatever, so lame.
Here I am showing Astro how to hunt using your eyes, ears, and nose. As his big brother I feel that it's my job to make sure he learns how to be a proper hound. If you click on the picture twice you'll be able to see that I was in perfect hunting position. My body was still, my nose was taking in all the scents, my ears were perked to take in all the sounds, and most importantly my eyes were focused on the distant trees and bushes where I knew my prey was hiding. There were birds everywhere here. Quail on the ground, Dove on the ground and in trees, and lots of other little birds. And, of course, COWS! I was so excited I nearly went into a point!
When we are sleeping after a good hike it is the best. We are so tired and happy that every muscle in our body relaxes. Mom says she can even see it in our faces. Also, we get to dream about the day and it's like we are still there having a grand day out hiking.
We hope you enjoyed our hiking story, it took us over a week to get it finished. We almost got busted one night too. Zephyr got up in the middle of the night once and Mom heard him while he was turning the computer on! Yea, I had to quick jump in the big chair and look all innocent like "Oh, I just want to sleep out here for awhile, he, he". But geesh, someone had to do it, Mom certainly wasn't getting it done.