Friday, June 25, 2010

A Break From The Monotany

Bunny here, with my tail wagging after a most exciting walk.

It's been really hot here.  They've been saying on the news that it's too hot for anybody to go outside.  Even at night it's been hot enough to put blisters on your pads.  On top of that, it's been rainy and we've had some terrible thunderstorms.  This makes for great snuggling with Mom time, but it's not so good for a girl to stretch her legs.

Finally yesterday, it was a nice, decent summer day.  Mom called Dad and told him it would be a good night to go for a hike and he agreed.  So, we got our stuff all packed up and headed to Farmdale Park.

You'll notice that I'm sporting my new backpack.  Mom and Dad both had backpacks, too.  Dad said that everybody had to carry their share.  Mom carried bug spray, a towel, my long line, my harness (just in case), and her flip flops.  Dad carried the cameras, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a long line for Blueberry, and some water for him and Mom.  I wagged my tail and asked him why Blueberry didn't  have a backpack and what I was supposed to carry. 

Dad:  It's about time you started carrying your own poop!

Me:  What?!  I carry it, inside my tummy, until it's time for YOU to carry it!

Dad:  Not anymore, Puppy Girl!

Me:  MOM!  Did you hear that?  There's no way I am pooping on the trail!  I refuse to carry that stuff!  It's disgusting!  No way am I carrying Blueberry's, either!

Mom:  He's just kidding!  You're carrying a water bowl and two small bottles of water for you and Blue.  We'd appreciate it if you'd refrain from pooping on the trail, though.  Nobody wants to carry your poop!

Me: Whew!  I'll think about it, Mom, but I can't promise anything!  Actually, I'm so relieved, I feel like I could make a run to the powder room right now.

Well, after that little bit of joviality on Dad's part, we got our gear and got into the van.  Before we knew it, we were at the park.  I hopped out and headed out on the trail.  As we were walking along, it occurred to me that everbody expects us dogs to pick up our poop, but horses can just leave big piles of it all over the trails.  I think that's a bit unfair, although horse poop is fun to roll in, according to Blueberry.  Alas, I digress. 

We walked out on the trail until we got to the creek.  Because of all the rains recently, the creek was up pretty high.  Mom and Dad said we weren't going to go across it tonight.  It was really muddy on the main trail, too, and so Mom took a side trail.  Soon, we were at a spot where we could get down to the water. 

Mom and I carefully made our way down the hill.  Then it was time for Dad and Blueberry to come.  Blue found a dead duck in the grass and she had to go and have a snifftigation.  She should be on the CSI team, I tell you.  Well, Dad pulled her along and told her to leave it.  The next thing we knew, Dad slid in the mud, fell down and got all muddy.  Blueberry was quite surprised by the whole turn of events.  Mom asked if he was okay, and he was.  She picked up Blueberry's leash and waited for him to be able to get up.  I think if he'd just let her sniff that duck, and perhaps have a good roll in it, then karma wouldn't have given him that little push down the hill, but that is simply speculation on my part.

Anyroo, I had a nice dip in the cool creek water.  Mom put my long line on me and I went as far as I wanted to go.  Blueberry even joined me.  It was tons of fun and a nice way to spend the evening.  After that, we walked back to the van and headed home.  I think I'm going to sleep better tonight than I have all week!

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  1. The rains have been so crazy here that instead of going to a pond, the empty lot across the street has become a pond. Though I haven't taken the pooches wading in it yet... I like your backpacks. You look like real hiking pros.

  2. We thought this was a Talking Heads earworm post!


  3. Super cool backpack, Ms. Bunny. Looks like you and Blueberry had a great time cooling your heels!

  4. What, no picture of dad covered in mud? Our dad always tells us to stop playing in the mud, so we don't understand why your dad can play in the mud.

  5. I am glad that you did not have to carry your poop. That would have been dreadful. It seems that dad has a secret passion for rolling in the mud. I have no doubt that "accident" was planned on his part. Silly humans.


  6. I love your backpack, it's cool and handy too. Looks like you and Blueberry had an interesting hiking there.

  7. Poor things, i am sorry it has been so hot.
    The water looks nice and refreshing.
    I am you had a nice time.
    Your new backpack is very stylish!


    Love, Bella.

  8. Bunny-

    I like to be outside too, although I would have skipped the whole getting your feet wet part.


  9. What fun - and how nice to get to cool off in the creek!

    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

  10. Hey there Bunny
    That looks like a thriling hike...Greyhounds and water (???) guys are brave! I love your backpack by the way.
    Sending lotsaluv to you all and your mom.

  11. A tired dog is a happy dog, after all! My Aunt Maggie likes to lay down in the water to cool of, so if she spies a creek, you better be prepared to go in! Hope your mosquitoes aren't as bad as ours - if we went on a hike like that I think one might try to pick us up & carry us away!

    Multiple Snorts-
    Brutus (& Carmen) the Frenchie(s)

  12. Wow...what a fun hike! Did you laugh at your dad when he fell in the mud? I bet that was a pretty funny sight. And I bet next time he lets Blueberry sniff whatever she wants to. I likes your backpack a lot! Mom said she's been thinking about getting one for me.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  13. What a great story! Bunny, sorry you had to suffer for a few minutes at the thought of having to carry your poop. A Princess shouldn't have to do something so demeaning! Terrific pack, though.

    Side comment on the horse poop - horse poop is actually helpful to the environment (unless you're trying not to get weeds). Dog poop contains chemicals that harm vegetation, so that's some of the reasoning. I volunteer for the NYC Parks department mounted unit and believe me, we get this question all the time :)

  14. You look quite fetching in that backpack, Bunny!

    Looks like a really fun walk :)

  15. Bunny, we love your backpack. It's very cool! We've wondered too about horses not having to pick up their poop. They poop right in the street. Oh, well.

  16. Looks like you's had a luffly walk! I luff your backpacks too. I dont finks I wood want one tho. It wood stop me from doing lots of spinning, me finks.


  17. We were outraged at any suggestion that you should carry your own poop - surely your humans realise that is what they are there for!
    Loved the backpack - you look amazing!
    We have never found a dead duck - how great.
    martha and bailey xxx

  18. Looks like you had fun! Who pushed dad? Come on, someone had to!

    The weather here has been so weird - yesterday it was in the mid 80s with wind - on Sunday it's supposed to be over 100!! It's hard to plan things when it's frying outside!

  19. It has been pretty hot & humid here too - Looks like you had a very nice walk, but too bad your dad had to slip and fall (we are glad he is ok too).

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda & Brutus

  20. What a great backpack! I'd love to know what kind. I occasionally want to suggest to greyhound folks, but just don't have one so not sure of sizing. Yours looks like a nice fit.

  21. Yea, I'm withs Martha and Baily on dis one...dat is what da hoomans are carry our poop and an ocassional belly rub.
    Ummmm, your dad falling in was priceless. I bets ta'll laughed and laughed and laughed at him. You seems to have left that part out, especially da part where your mom asked if he was okie dokie. You know hers was laughing da whoooooole time her asked....hehehe!

  22. Bunny, it looks like you had a great time on your hike last night! It was a very nice day yesterday (unlike Wednesday early evening which was just crazy!) and I'm so glad you got out to get some good exercise. I bet you really did sleep better last night. *nods*

  23. Carry your own poop? You, the beautiful Princess Bunny - what WAS your Dad thinking? Glad it was all just a joke. Looks like a great walk at the park for all. Have a great weekend.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  24. Oh Bunny! You are such a fashion diva :) I LOVE seeing all your new outfits.
    Sounds like you had a good time, and I'm glad your Dad didn't hurt anything more than his pride :)

    Emma Rose

  25. What a fun walk Bunny!

    Smileys & Snuggles!
    Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

  26. Bunny - have your Mom send us an email at theoppack at gmail dotthingie com. She will tell her more about the collars.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  27. Bunny is gorgeous.. I love that first pic!

  28. What a cool backpack! I think we would wear one if it were full of treats. Glad you didn't actually have to carry poop that would be very embarrassing. Looks like you had a fun time on your adventure! Thanks for always visiting our blog.

    Davinia and Indiana

  29. Powder room? well, we always say we "need to see a lady about a pony" when we have to go...

    nice packs. i need to do that for L&J, but it seems like it would be way too hot for them. so i end up carrying all the water!

  30. Fate decreed that SOMEBODY was going to have to get a bath when you got home, and since it wasn't Blueberry, it was dada!

  31. Bunny

    Kawma got youw Daddi good, hehehehehe

    I'm glad you and bluebewwy got to cool off in that cewtainly will make you sneep bettew.
    As faw as poop cawwying should absolutely not cawwy it once it's out of youw tummie..
    smoochie kisses

  32. Every time I see you enjoying nature, I do a little happy dance right next to my keyboard. I love the backpacks and knowing what's in them. I'm curious, didn't you know?


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