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!