Friday, July 29, 2011

July 4th Hike

Astro and I went for a hike with friends on July 4th weekend.  I'm finally getting around to posting the pictures.  There were seven people and eight dogs on the hike.  This was actually only the third or fourth time Astro had gone hiking with a large group.  He had a great time with his friends.  These pictures are all courtesy of Tammy since I forgot my camera.

Woody and his mom, Karin, joined us on the hike for the first time.  Woody had a lot of fun and did a great job.  It was pretty warm for everyone that day.

This sweet girl, Tess, passed away the next week.  She suddenly got sick and it turned out she had cancer.  She had a great time on the hike and you never could have guessed she was sick.  It was so sad to here she had passed.  Lucy is in the background.  She and Astro are the same age and have been in classes together since Puppy Kindergarten.  Now we are in agility together.

Astro trying to get a break from all the big dogs chasing him.

 Happy Hikers!

Luckily this hole almost always has some water in it, so the dogs were able to cool off.  Right before we got to the water hole Astro, Kenda, and Linus found a cow!  That's right, Holy Cow, right there next to the trail!  We were going around a corner, Astro took off, and I could tell he was on to something.  When I got around the corner he was bouncing in the air looking toward a tree and some bushes.  I thought a critter had run into the bushes and then I saw the cow standing next to the tree.  Tammy and I ran up and I called Astro.  He came, but then decided he might like to try to jump a log and go see the cow.  The cow would have none of that and decided it would jump the log and come at us.  We all scattered as the cow crashed through, skidded as it turned, and then ran down the canyon.  Kenda wanted to use her herding skills, but Mom wouldn't let her.  Linus stood guard for everyone.  Astro started to chase it, but thought better when he got to some bushes and I called him.  It was a young cow that was separated from it's group.  I hope it was okay.  I love cows.  :-)

After all the excitement and cooling off in the water Astro and Linus had to get their Ya, Ya's out.

Kenda, the blur, and Ketzel decided to join in the fun.  Astro and Kenda have a little bit of a "friendship" going on now.  ;-) 


Sue said...

What a fab hike. Looks like lovely countryside and loads of fun with all your human and four legged friends.

greygirl25 said...

Great photos, sounds like a wonderful adventure.

I'm so glad Tess had one more good adventure.

houndstooth said...

I always love seeing your hikes! It's just been too hot here for us to do anything like that lately, and I miss it a lot. Why does Astro never wear a backpack when he hikes? I've seen Zephyr with one before, but never Astro.

P.S. Astro, way to smoke all those slow dogs!


Bailey Be Good! said...

I've never been on a hike, but I think I would enjoy it. Looks like there's so much to see and do!

Woofs & hugs <3,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Godspeed, Tess. I do love it though when they are living completely normal, active lives right up until the final days. So much better than a long illness.

Anonymous said...

That was some hike! Great woods and thank dogness for the watering hole :) Who knew a cow could cause such excitement? :) What a fun group outing! :D

Waggin at ya,

gyeong said...

What a cool hike. Nothing like a cow on the trail for added excitement.

Winnie said...

Sorry to hear about Tess - but how nice that she had a great day out with you all.

The hike looks wonderful.

Love and licks, Winnie

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Followed y'all back. Looking forward to spending more time reading your older posts. Astro is quite a beauty.

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog