During our mountain vacation, I realized that K is hovering in that sweet spot in a dog's life where she has the vivacious energy of a young dog paired with the results of many years of training.
This wonderful combination means that we can have spectacular adventures together, as I pedal and K runs through aspen groves and up to high mountains.
I always watch for signs that our adventures are too physically demanding for K but I haven't seen any yet. On this trip, I smiled with contentment as we climbed high above treeline. If the trails were deserted, I'd let her lead the way and choose her path. She stopped at every snow bank to eat the frozen slush and roll on her back.
Having had my life graced with six Labradors over the years, I know to embrace these moments with my girl.
After our first big ride of the vacation, the whole pack relaxed in our campsite enjoying a spectacular sunset with the song of a Hermit Thrush wafting from the pointy tops of the spruce trees surrounding us.