Sweet pea and a soggy ball.

The dog books were right.

If you want a well-behaved, happy animal, they need a ton of exercise- especially when said animal is a crazy little puppy disguised as a large (and getting larger) dog. So far, we’ve found that when Cholula’s tired after an active day, she is indeed less likely to steal our shoes and doesn’t chew on the coffee table.

We headed back to the nearby pond and trail yesterday. The recent week of extra warm then wet weather worked some flora magic- the trail was just lined with flowers, every shape and color. I decided I need to find a book about the wildflowers of Utah. John forged on ahead while Cholula romped on the trail, up to him and back to me. I was slower because I kept stopping to capture the vibrant blooms on film.

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We banked on the no-leash success of the last hike and unclipped the little one. Where did this responsive, well-trained dog come from? And can she come home with us?

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We climbed a bit higher than the last time we explored this trail, and were rewarded. With each step, the types of flowers would change. There was wild sweet pea everywhere. The trail led us through tree-shaded tunnels or to sun-kissed rocky overlooks. I felt miles away from home, though I could actually SEE home on the far hillside.

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As we headed down the trail toward the pond, the spot where I knew Cholula would be most excited, she stopped and turned her head upward to give me a look of pure puppy gratitude.

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That’s what a dog smile looks like. Her face says “I love you, Mama” to me.

As predicted, the pond was the icing on the puppy cake.

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We almost got her to swim after her ball at one point. Still too timid to dive in after it, she splashed around the shore , chased birds, wagged her tail a lot. When we got into the truck to head home, she seemed content.

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She even stayed in the back seat (unlike here or here)! She was napping before the 6-minute drive home was over. The cure for puppy restlessness is sunshine, sweat pea, and a soggy ball.

It cured mine, too.

12 replies »

  1. One of our favorite sayings is: “A tired dog’s a good dog.” šŸ™‚

    That looks like a wonderful ramble. Penny loves her off-leash running time, especially when we get to go to dog beach. She used to be SO afraid of the water, but now chase balls and bumpers with abandon — okay, maybe not QUITE abandon… šŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful pics! ugh…pics like those and the next 6 months in Cali is gonna be rough:/ Oh btw…I’m sending you my Anatolian to accompany you guys on your next pond excursion. Feel free to send him back when he’s decided to settle down and stop chasing bunnies. Thanks:)

    • It’s usually a dog PARTY at the pond! Yours would be so welcome… though here, we have little creatures (prairie dogs, maybe?) that might take the place of those tempting bunnies…

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