Encouraged by a friend's suggestion to visit Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, I checked out their website and learned that they allowed dogs on two of their trails. Indeed, upon speaking with our friends about the planned trip, they confirmed their understanding that dogs were allowed on two of the trails as well... as they had been to the park relatively recently with their own dog. At … [Read more...]
As a child-free person, I'm a pet-mommy. Check out my pets' exploits in this section. I have the most well-traveled pets on the planet.
Here's a video of Jasper, our Chocolate Labrador as he plays on the rattlesnake slide in the playground at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona. LOL! … [Read more...]
OK, I'm giving myself some kudos here. While I didn't trust myself to have human children (due to my awful upbringing), at 50 years of age, I decided that I could be trusted to become a pet parent... moreover, to a puppy for whom I had longed for decades. Enter Jasper, the Chocolate Labrador, whom Ed and I adopted at 8 weeks of age and has traveled with us far and wide ever since April, … [Read more...]
This is a follow up to my The Longest 15 Minutes of My Life post about a walk with Jasper in which he collapsed, presumably due to dehydration / heat exhaustion. That was a natural assumption, based on the length and temperature of our walk that day. However, the same thing happened just a couple days later when he had walked for only 10 minutes in cool weather. In a nutshell, he was … [Read more...]
I was one hour and 45 minutes into a hike with Jasper on the 50-Year trail in Catalina State Park when I met a couple on the trail, also walking a dog. In typical fashion, Jasper started bouncing to greet his wannabe friend. A few seconds into the doggy greeting, Jasper's legs buckled and he was on the ground. He struggled to get up a few times and then he'd be down again. Frantic, I … [Read more...]