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  • Where To Next?

    Lets go somewhere fun!

    Lets go somewhere fun!

    Boy oh boy, does Rain love life on the road. While she really enjoyed her time at Tarantula Flats playing with Blue, she is most happy when we are on the move. She loves to explore new places and meet new people. You would think that she would want stability and a schedule. Not Rain. Inconsistency suits her well.

    Hiking at Indian Bread Rocks

    Almost to the top!

    Why? Because when we visit or camp in new places, she gets to go on long hikes in new places almost daily!


     

    Exploring the Indian Bread Rocks

    Exploring the Indian Bread Rocks

    She gets to climb all over rocks and stuff, poke her head into new holes, track and smell all kinds of new things. Who needs agility class?


     

    Indian Bread Rocks Waterfall

    Throw the stick into the waterfall!

    Sometimes, she gets to play in cool water features.


     

    Rain at Eldorado Dog Park

    Rain at Eldorado Dog Park

    Depending on our route, she might be able to visit multiple dog parks per week.


     

    Hiking at Indian Bread Rocks

    Hiking at Indian Bread Rocks

    Yep. Life on the road is goooood.



  • Egag!

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Enjoying a present from Grandma.

    We sure got worried about Rain, today. All of the sudden she started trying to eat every plant in sight. Then, she would extend her neck and make a swallowing motion multiple times while extending her tongue a little.. She would move away from us as we got near and wasn’t listening to commands. She never does that anymore. After about a minute, seemed like forever, I was able to sit next to her and talk her out of eating plants. By then, she was making that swallowing gesture every 15 or so seconds. I told my partner, The Male Alpha, that we had to get to the vet ASAP. Poor Rain seemed so distressed.

    After a minute or two of sitting with her, I was able to coax her back to the house with play. Once we got to the back door, she panicked and ran off about 8′. It took two commands, but I was able to get her to stay. Once I got up to her, she listened to the “inside” command.

    Once inside, I made her lay down by the door where there was a breeze. Her swallowing had already slowed down a lot. We decided to give it a half hour and see if it got better. There were a lot of bees outside, and we thought she might have gotten stung while eating one. I gave her a 1/2 cup of milk to coat her throat. I know dogs can’t handle lactose. I thought that, if she was going to vomit, it would help. After the milk and a 1/2 cup of chicken broth, she had almost completely stopped gagging.

    It has been about 5 hours since she last made the exaggerated swallow. We are so relieved. Damned dog. Scaring us like that. Bah.. I am sure it was even scarier for her.

    I guess I will chalk it up to yet another trust building moment.


  • Loves The Birthdays

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    The day started out at about 5am with a breakfast that included a few bites of ham and eggs followed by a shorter than normal morning hike, because we wanted to get to the dog park while it was still cool. As we have discovered, hot dog park = empty dog park.

    Rain and Finley playin at Thorpe Bark Park

    Once we made it to town, our first stop was a pet store where Rain got her first “Real” disc. She had only had one prior to it. It was a soft one that, at 6″, was too big for her when she got it. She has since out grown it. I must say, she likes the new one better than the baby one. She also got a new plushie, which has already been de-stuffed less than 24hrs later. Rain wasn’t too sure about being in the store. She’s quite the country dog.  She was well behaved, but you could tell she was a bit nervous. Happy and excited, but nervous. Note to self: need to take her in more stores more often.

     

    After that, we  spent a couple of hours at  Thorpe Dog Park in Flagstaff, AZ where Rain made a lot of friends. Most notably, Finley, the Vocal. He was an adorable little Highland Terrier with a big bark. She got along well with everyone and handled all the diversity with grace.

    After that, we  laid about the house for an hour to recoup. We then walked around town and met a dog who had just turned one a few days earlier.  He and his people were traveling Historic Route 66. He and she had a blast playing. That was probably the time that Rain had an interaction with a dog in city limits and not in a dog park.  It was a good one.

    We visited a few outfitter shops that gladly allowed Rain inside. One of those shops even had a pup about Rain’s size and activity level. They played and played. This city is really dog friendly. The people are, too!

    The day was mostly over, and we were just about to head out to find a campsite when we passed a nice grassy park with lots of shade in the middle of town. We decided to stop. Johnny juggled while Rain and I played ball and chase followed by laying in the cool grass and people watching.  Next thing we know, a one year old chocolate dog named Lobo had his eye on Rain. He pulled his master over to us and the two of them played for over an hour. Too bad our camera as out of batteries by then.

    Needless to say, by the time we found camp, Rain was exhausted. She passed out on the couch. Johnny made her a special chicken and rice birthday dinner. She gobbled it all up and wanted to play some more. That”s my girl ;).

    A big day for sure! Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes…. especially Cyndi and Stumpy who gave Rain an extra special one


  • Bday For The Doggay.

    Posted on by Rain Dog

    Rain's last party...

    On May 25th, Rain will celebrate being on earth for exactly one year. She wants to invite you, her pal, to the party. In typical nomad fashion, she has no idea where she will be on the big day. She’s got pretty good idea though. There’s a decent chance that she will be near Sedona, AZ. Regardless of where she is, there will be free camping, treats, room to run, and hiking trails. Hope to see you there!



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