Saturday, October 18, 2008
Rocky and Champ Hitch a Ride
These two fellows were pretty impressive on the trail this morning. We came up over a rise and there they were.
Yeah, I'll admit to a second of expecting to see coyotes up there rather than dogs. And another second of wonderful if these two German Shepherds were friends or foes.
They made it pretty clear pretty fast that they were easy to get along with. They were a very close team. They'd trot ahead of us and then pause with their haunches together and look over their shoulders for us. When we whistled for them, they came to us.
We realized that they are really big dogs without leashes and we were walking them into our quiet little neighborhood where lots of people walk their bite-sized dogs in the morning.
So we each took one by the collar, promised them water, and let them pretty much drag us the last few hundred yards to the house. We got them some water, shut them in the garage, and Hydra called the number on Champ's collar.
We found out that they were about a mile from home and that the dogs are owned by a father and son, and the son was miffed that the dad had let them out. Apparently, he let them out to "potty" and they never came back.
They'd probably traveled about a mile. (And it probably wasn't lost on the son that they were headed toward the freeway.)
This is what it would be like all the time if we had dogs.
Hmm, have to say that happy as we were to spend a little time with these gorgeous mammals, dog breath is not something you miss a lot.
Parrots have really lovely personal habits.
I love this shot. What a beautiful day for a romp and a ride home.