Posts Tagged ‘dog walks’

Wordless Wednesday #365 – Just the girls

February 14, 2018 3 comments

Just the girls - 2/13/18

Daisy and Maggie (AJ) 2/13/18

Favorite Video Friday – Take a walk with your dog

August 19, 2016 5 comments

The first few wisps of fall are coming this weekend. Instead of 80’s and 90’s, we’re expecting 70’s and rain. It’s a good reminder that summer is coming to an end.

Late summer brings back-to-schoool shopping, school busses on the road and falling leaves. I love fall. I can’t wait to crunch through those leaves with my dogs.

That is why I wanted to share this week’s video. It’s pre-cursor to what I am most looking forward to this fall.

May you revel in the beauty.

Happy Friday everyone.

Walking the Dog from Gil Holten on Vimeo.

Wordless Wednesday #302 – A walk along the river, Hastings, MN

August 17, 2016 5 comments

Mississippi River in Hastings, looking at Lock and Dam #2

Remnants of the past #mississippiriver

Walking the river walk in Hastings

Daisy along the river

Along the Hastings River walk

Daisy and Jasper on the Hastings River walk

One wet doggie #Daisy

A happy Jasper in Hastings, MN

Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River

Wordless Wednesday #220 – 15 Things to do in the new year (in photos)

December 31, 2014 19 comments
A doggie zen moment. #dogs #zen #peace


He loves winter. #jasper #Sheltie

Have fun

Jasper-Halloween 2014

Be silly

My sweet girl

Smile more

Diving for the ball. #jasper #Sheltie

Pursue your passion

Silly kids #family

Spend more time with friends

Jasper. After our walk at #whitewoodsregionalpark


Maggie searches for treats and finds them! #picstitch #puppymilldog

Be curious

Smells like fall #dogpark #daisy


Dog walker and dog

Walk with a friend

Daisy and Lucas in October 2014

Meet new people

Can you help me mom? This one is hard! #doggames

Ask for help

Someone is sleeping in her spot. #firstworldproblems

Share with others



Guess she likes the blanket. #daisy

Sleep more

Yes. I tend to go a little overboard for my dogs. Am I alone?

November 30, 2014 29 comments

If you ask, I am sure many people would tell you that I tend to go a little overboard where my pets are concerned. (I know for sure my family would!) I tend to buy them things that I think will enrich their lives and make them happy.

I think in the case of my dogs, I wanted to make up for the bad lives they had early on. I also want them to have lives that is enriched by a wide variety of fun experiences. (What’s the fun in having a dog if you can’t enjoy the fun they have with you?)

So while I do have a logic behind what I do for my pets, I also know that I am not the norm.

After all, I …

Buy dog games for my dogs, just so they can work their brains on a cold winter’s night.

Waiting his turn

Can you help me mom? This one is hard! #doggames

Game night!

Have at least 20 tennis balls so my crazy Sheltie has plenty to play with throughout the year.

Ball in play #Sheltie

Jasper action shot

A morning walk alongside the Mississippi River with my sister and dogs. Jasper had fun. :)

Purchased a leather couch immediately after the last one got rained on (don’t ask) just so my puppy mill girl, Daisy, could have her “safe place” back again.
A rare moment. She let me take pictures of her.

Take my dogs to a wide variety of parks so they can explore something new and different.

Cupcake and Jasper on the footbridge. #lebanonhills #mn

Photobomb. Courtesy of Jasper.

I'm going in #Daisy

Hello turtle! #nature #sheltie #turtle

Hide treats in the yard so my dogs can have fun using their noses and their brains to find them.

Is there something in there? #doggames

I think there’s a treat in there.

Cupcake smells cheese. #doggames

Maybe the treat is in here!

I think mom his some treats under here. #doggames

Yup. There is most definitely a treat in there.

Even placed a step stool next to my tall bed just so my dogs can come up when they want.

The bed and the step up.

But this weekend I think I may have gone a little overboard (even for me). On a trip to Costco I found a dog bed that was the absolute ultimate in dog bed luxury.

How could I resist?

It contains orthopedic memory foam with cooling gel and has a plush pillow top cover. It’s softer than a baby’s bottom and it is so squish-able, in that memory foam kind of way, that even I want to lie down on it.

It’s too bad I didn’t think about the size. Hmmm… crazy? Overboard?

Maggie on the new dog bed.

So, what over-the top-kind of thing have you done for your pet(s)?

Giving my dogs a Christmas gift really want

December 10, 2013 17 comments
Daisy and her Woobie

Daisy and her Woobie

If you celebrate Christmas then I am guessing many of  you will be buying a gift or two for your dogs in the coming weeks. I’ve been debating whether or not I will be doing the same.

Two years ago I chose not to buy my dogs any gifts because they already had SO many toys in their toy basket. Then last year, I broke down and purchased a new Woobie for Daisy (that Jasper destroyed fairly quickly), some stuff-less squeaky toys for Cupcake (that she still has and loves) and new Kong Squeaky balls for Jasper (one of which still survives) for Christmas.

This year I am leaning towards not buying them any more toys. Don’t get me wrong, my dogs would be happy to have a new toy to play with, but they also wouldn’t mind not getting toys either. The things that make my dogs most happy are not “things.” They love what cannot be bought. So this year I am thinking I will give them more of what they really want:

  1. Longer walks in the park.
  2. Longer walks in new parks.
  3. More time learning new tricks and commands.
  4. More time playing outside in the snow.
  5. More time cuddling and playing inside (when it’s cold).

What are you getting your dogs (and cats) this year?


There may not be any of this going on this year, but maybe that’s okay.

Dog park magic and faraway places

May 13, 2013 12 comments

IMG_2154When I was a child, I used to imagine what it would be like if I could transport myself to another land. It was always someplace magical and exciting. Sometimes it was a magic stone that allowed me to travel to a foreign land – Italy, France, Ireland, etc. Other times, it was the arch of the trees in the woods across the street from my house that became a magical portal to a magical kingdom. Almost always, my fantasies were fueled by the books I read, adventurous stories filled with heroes (and heroines) taking on new worlds and succeeding. What child doesn’t want to escape to another land once in a while?

I’d like to say that over time I grew up and stopped fantasizing about those strange new lands, those magical places where enchantment and wonder abounded, but the truth is I am still a dreamer. I still love the idea of finding a land untouched by human hand. Or, exploring a faraway place where the crowds of humanity and the craziness of the world can be forgotten. I like to imagine the America that existed before buildings blocked our view of the sky. I wish to revel in the beauty and awesomeness of nature before it was destroyed by huge machines and mass consumption.

I think that’s why I fell in love with the dog park where I first started taking my dogs five years ago. Back then the park was a magical place, filled with wonder and excitement. Birds sang their beautiful songs of love from nearly every branch. Squirrels and chipmunks ran from tree to tree, gathering nuts and leaves for their nests. The sun streamed down between the treetops, creating rays of light that would hit dewy spots of grass and make steam rise from the ground. It was truly a magical place. One could enjoy the sights and sounds of nature without feeling the full encroachment of man. No people talking. No dogs barking. Just me and my dogs communing with nature. I could almost believe we had escaped to another land.

IMG_2710But, as it is with all fantasies, reality has a way of seeping in. What seems magical to one will seem magical to another, and then another, and then yet again another. Soon word had spread about this magical place, the place where my dogs and I have walked quietly through the forest and listened to the birds singing from the trees, and as it did, the quiet solitude of the forest was replaced by more and more human voices and barking dogs. Suddenly what had seemed magical and private to me had become less so.

We still love our dog park, my dogs and I, but there is something different about it now. It has lost some of its luster. It has become more of the dog park it was always designed to be.

The fenced in forest, where the wildlife used to outnumber the canines, has become less magical and I feel less entranced. I am craving a new land to explore.  What does it take to find a private place to park your dreams these days? Where can one go to enjoy the quietude of the forest? Colorado? Montana?

Where do you go when you want that kind of solitude with your dogs?

Enjoying fall colors with the dogs

October 3, 2012 26 comments

It has been a beautiful fall in Minnesota this year. The lack of rain has not meant a lack of beautiful fall colors, just more leaves falling quicker than expected. Or maybe I just forget every year that they fall this early.

I thought I would share a few of my favorite fall pictures from this year. (Okay. I was watching the debate and forgot to write a post. I hope you like them anyways.) 🙂



Wordless Wednesday #83

March 20, 2012 13 comments

Doggie Schedules – Do you have one?

March 5, 2012 19 comments

Duncan and JasmineCan a blog post generate another blog post and then another? It appears the answer to that question is yes, because I am about to be the third in the chain. I hope you will be able to follow along.

This weekend I was reading something that Pamela, from Something Wagging This Way Comes, had posted on her Facebook page. It turned out to be a blog post by Jodi Stone of the blog named (funny enough) Jodi Stone. Jodi was responding to Pamela’s post called “Do you have dreams for your dog?”

Pamela’s wonderfully thoughtful blog post asked:

Did you get the dog you wanted? Or did you get the dog you needed?

If you had expectations for your dog, did they work out? Or have you had to shift your attitude and accept that some things would never happen?

What has been the best thing you’ve received from your dog that you weren’t looking for?

(If you get a chance, go read a few of the interesting answers to Pamela’s questions.)

Jodi’s blog post was a response to Pamela’s questions, but what really caught my attention was the alternating activity schedule she has for her dogs. Check it out:

“On Saturday and Sunday we take at least an hour’s hike each day, with lots of running and sniffing.

In the winter on Mondays and Wednesdays they get a twenty-minute around-the-block leash walk, once the time changes and the days are longer, they will get at least a half hour hike.

Tuesdays and Fridays they get a half a day of daycare, and yes it’s true most days they don’t play a lot, but they are awake the entire time and it is a different type of mental stimulation.

Thursday nights are obedience class, which is where Delilah really gets her mental stimulation. Sampson just doesn’t care for it at all and I think I’m going to have Hubby start walking Sampson somewhere else, because I don’t think he should have to do it if he’s not enjoying it.”

What a great idea! Alternating your dog’s schedule probably adds more stimulation to their lives and addresses the monotony that comes with doing the same thing every day. Why didn’t I think of this??? Our schedule usually consists of a little training reinforcement in the mornings and a walk at the dog park in the evenings. But, maybe it’s too predictable? To boring? Maybe I need to switch it up a bit. Hmmm…..

Reading Jodi’s post made me wonder if anyone else was doing something like this with their own dogs. Do you switch up your schedule for your dog? Do you have a daily schedule or routine? And if you do, do you notice a difference in your dog as a result? What do you think of the idea of creating a schedule like Jodi’s to make things a little more fun for your dogs?

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