FitDog Friday #26 – Hiking at Maybury State Park


We’re on vacation this week but Mr. N needs exercise wherever we go. He was starting to get restless so it’s a good thing we met up with How I Adopted Your Brother for a hike. 
I thought it might be better if we introduced the dogs before leaving to go hiking so we did a quick greeting at the house. Didn’t quite work out that way! Mr. N and Snoopy were fine after some barking but Mr. N and the girls (Jeni, Asta) didn’t quite take to each other. He is not a fan of other dogs in his face and the girls were still on leash and frustrated so it was chaotic. And loud. 
So we packed up the dogs and headed to Maybury State Park. The park has an interesting history, a tuberculosis sanatorium used to be there. During warmer weather, I’m told that horses and cyclists frequent the park but the icy conditions ensured that we had it mostly to ourselves. 

We reached the pond which was the turning around point and stopped to take some photos. 

As usual, Mr. N was very good at posing for the camera. I wasn’t sure if he would hold his “photo stay” with all the other dogs around but he proceeded to sit and look pretty. It took much rearranging and corralling runaway dogs to get the four of them together.

Eventually, the dogs got used to each other enough to walk next to each other. We kept Snoopy in the middle as a buffer. He was very good and didn’t react to Mr. N telling him off nor did he chime in with the girls’ barking.

After two hours of hiking, we went home where Mr. N got a long overdue bath (I had been waiting until we went hiking because I knew he was going to get filthy). The boyfriend said he had to shampoo and rinse twice before the water ran clear.

It was a fun hike and I enjoyed meeting Snoopy, Jeni and Asta and their human. We’ll be doing another dog-friendly activity on Saturday and I’ll get to meet puppy Kelinn!




23 Responses

  1. Hawkeye BrownDog

    March 28, 2014 11:42 am

    Hi Y'all!

    Y'all meet the most interesting people and dogs on your hikes! I think it only fitting to add some sunshine to your day, stop on buy and pick up the Award at our place!

    Y'all come on by now,
    Hawk aka Brown Dog

  2. SlimDoggy

    March 28, 2014 1:44 pm

    Looks like a good hike. I don't blame Mr. N. for being a little testy – three big dogs vs. one little guy can be intimidating. Thanks for joining the Hop.

  3. backalleysoapbox

    March 28, 2014 4:21 pm

    Looks like a great time with some good company!
    Many dogs need some extra time to warm up to Moses, so we'll frequently just walk in the vicinity with no greetings, just so they can get used to his presence and figure out what he's all about. Then we'll slowly close the gap – usually with Moses in front so they can sneak some sniffs in. Once that goes well, we'll allow for the greetings. Or, sometimes we'll try off-leash, since dogs are so much better at figuring out their business without us – and our leashes – in the way. But it all depends on dogs, owners, and location.

    Anyway, I've gone off on a tangent. Hope Mr N enjoyed his bath time!

  4. To Dog With Love

    March 28, 2014 8:01 pm

    How fun! I love Mr. N's red jacket. Looks like serious hiking gear! I'd like matching one's for me and Rocco. Wow, you still have a lot of snow too. Love the photos!
    Diane and Rocco

  5. Janet Keefe

    March 30, 2014 9:40 pm

    That looks like a great hike, and good job getting photos of all of the dogs together! Mr. N is a very social guy and how fun that you get to meet new friends to hike with a lot.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  6. Caren Gittleman

    April 2, 2014 4:52 pm

    We are so sorry we couldn't connect with you when you were here. We had family come in from Colorado (they came that Friday and stayed til Sunday with their new baby who was born in January) I am sorry to say that I had never heard of that park until you just posted about it! My husband and I are going to go and check it out for sure and we are going to bring Dakota because that is one of the FEW parks in the area that allows dogs!!!! I am sure you had a better time without me anyway, I am waaaaay too old for you! lol


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