It was a rough week with way too much serious stuff going on.
So, I tried to do nothing but relaxing and fun stuff today.
Shyla and I played fetch with her favorite toy at sunrise, and our game totally absorbed both of us.
Shyla's pure joy over the simple act of retrieving was infectious.
Each time she handed me the toy, she pleaded for another toss. When I met her 17 months ago, she had no drive for retrieving. Now, she's one of the most intense retrievers I've known.
After our joyful game, I tried to snowbike on our trails (and Shyla ran) but it's tough biking, even with my gnarly snowbike, due to bad snow conditions. The wind has been blowing relentlessly for days. Every day, the forecast seems to include "gusts of 50-75 mph", which causes snow drifts and windpacked snow. Needless to say, it makes for tough biking on the trails.
When we got back home after our ride, R was snoozing, like he's supposed to do. And, Shyla finally laid down with him. She seemed to know not to lean on his sore limb.
It warmed my heart to see the two of them snoozing together.
I live at 8200' in the Front Range of Colorado. I love exploring nature
in the mountains while riding my mountain bike and romping with my
two Labradors. Photography is another passion, including both "normal" photography and trail camera photography of wildlife.
My two dogs are Shyla, a 3-year-old Chocolate Lab, and R, a 7-year-old Black Lab.