“Know yourself. Be yourself. Love yourself. Seek goodness and be goodness. Seek beauty and be beauty. Seek love and be love.” ― Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

12 March 2017

Hiking: Madera Canyon's Nature Trail with Liam, Ginger and Phinn

Liam on the Nature Trail. 
4-1/2 months old.
This is Liam Ari Puppypants second hike and he has no issues with the water, wooden bridges or navigating the trail. 
Ginger.  My mini hippo is a very good hiking dog.
Be still my heart.
I'd like to take this home, plant succulents in the curve of the wood...but it's just too big.
Jenn and Phinn.
Liam says "wait for meeeeeee..."! 
Beautiful day, about 85 degrees.  
A happy Woodpecker.
Handsome Malinois.

05 March 2017

Hiking: Super Trail, Madera Canyon. Liam's First Hike!

At the trailhead.  It was a lovely day, about 75 degrees.  
Liam Ari Puppypants' first hike.
This was Boca's long line.  Liam has some big paws to fill.
I asked everyone we passed today if they'd like to pet Liam so that he'll be the very best Malinois he can be. 
Tiny flowers. 
Soft dirt to dig in = happy puppy! 
Liam is a brave boy. 
Headed downhill he was tired.  When he was done, he'd lay down.
And, then, pop right back up again.
Liam learning to ride on my shoulders.  We did this three times, he was fine with it.
This tree was scary, so we got a closer look to see that it was not too scary after all. 
Great first hike.  2.7 easy, slow miles.
Liam is 4-1/2 months old, and about 30 pounds.

04 March 2017

Good Night Sweetheart

Hera came to us in March 2014 as a once feral puppy with extreme fear issues.  She was thought to be a Belgian Malinois mix, about four months old.  The young woman that found her had her for about a month before surrendering her.  
Hera was afraid of everything.  She could screech the most primal noise I'd ever heard.  From fear, she evacuated her bowels randomly and often.  She bonded with Cierra and Boca immediately.  Hera and Boca became known as "baby bear and papa bear".  
Hera was a beautiful girl.  I loved her deeply.  I also knew that anyone else would have euthanized this very complicated puppy that would never live a normal life.
Hera was a lot of work.  In the two years that I had her, she came a long way, and yet had so far to go.
Boca and Hera were two halves that made one whole.  Boca was once extremely dog aggressive and was blind.  Hera was very fearful.  Their companionship was extraordinary.
Boca and Hera were like peas and carrots.  They played together, slept together, ate together and they both loved to hike.  Boca was Hera's solid rock. 
Hiking with Boca and Hera. 
Boca, being blind, always hiked with the long line.  Hera could drag her leash and she never left Boca's side.  
Boca became ill and left this world at the end of December 2016.  Hera was not ok without Boca.  She lost her solid rock.  Her confidence and security were shaken.  In the two years that I had her, she only trusted me to touch her and to give her affection.  Only one time, did she willingly let our friend Jen touch her.  She never willingly let anyone else touch her.  Hera trusted me with her life and the decision to let her go was not made lightly. 
In the simplest terms, I believe Hera was born broken.  While beautiful, she was never right.  She was not ok in this world without Boca.  I gave her time to adapt.  Training and/or corrections were always a delicate balancing act.  She had good moments, however, looking at the big picture, I made the very difficult decision that she needed her Boca bear and I let her go to him.  Hera is a very special girl that will always hold a special place in my heart.  She's with the ones that have gone before her: Cierra, Zane and Boca.  The pack of four dogs I left home with in 2014 are together again.  It's a very, very sad time for me.   
Oct 16, 2013 - Mar 4, 2017
I love you baby bear.