Extra Long Walk This Morning

The puppies demanded it (well, they might have known in advance). We normally go about 3/4 of a mile in a wide open field. It’s been mowed so its subtle contours are showing, which is nice. There is a flock of starlings that lights and then frights, cycling through every few minutes. The dogs are both in a good mood, ambling along the path left by the ATV’s and dirtbikes. The sight of their swaying butts with tails aloft helps my mind adjust to the day.

This morning, we left the field on the other side, crossed the road and did some exploring along the old railroad right-of-way. The railbed itself was converted to a bikepath almost ten years ago and it’s heavily used by walkers and bikers; their voices drift over the thick hedgerow though they themselves are hidden from sight. It’s rough ground here and the deeper ruts harbor water from the rain of two days’ past. A rabbit starts and I am happy I kept Glynnis on the lead. She wouldn’t have caught it; the undergrowth is too thick, but it would have taken some effort to get her back. Then we come out where there is a large soybean planting, which backs up onto a larger corn planting. All looks like it’s flourishing. We turn back.

Both of them love to play in the water, be it ever so dirty. But they also just love trotting along and being a dog.

Back home, it’s time for a nap in the sunny spot on the rug.


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