K and I celebrated her good news yesterday with a hike high above treeline in the thin air. I decided that I wanted to seize the day - we were both healthy and the weather was not stormy - so we sprinted out the door for our adventure.
I realized that K and I have hiked to the same mountain pass every summer of her life. As we hiked, I recollected how I worried that she might try to jump on someone (despite being on leash) on the narrow mountain trail back when she was a puppy. Now, she's an experienced mountain hiker, mild-mannered and calm. People ask to pet her when they pass us on the trail because she smiles at them and tries to catch their eyes. Her sweetness can shine through now that her puppy-like excitability has (mostly) passed.
I grinned for almost the entire hike. After all that K has been through this year with the bone infection, toe amputation, and the recent kidney infection, I wasn't sure if we'd be out together on the high alpine trails this season. We did it!