Shyla is still recuperating, as my vet has reminded me, and she has to stay on a leash except for 2 minutes out of every hike. Apparently, her leg has what appears to be an old fracture from a "blunt force injury" so the biggest rule is to avoid letting Shyla bang her leg on a log or anything else.
We did a reconaissance hike this morning, looking for signs of wildlife. We found an amazing bear day bed, with a scat next to it, while the weather was still good. As we emerged from the depths of the forest after our exploring, Shyla said, "Please, please, let me run!". I had to reply with "not yet, girl - have patience".
Then, it was time to run. Shyla seems to have realized that she gets a very short time to go wild each day. Yesterday, she appeared to have a Zen moment of contemplation while I asked her to sit-stay before running.
I guess that the upside is that we have lots of time for training, to teach Shyla to come when called even when some of the temptations of our forest are nearby. I'm already amazed at Shyla's obedience around wild animals so we have a good foundation!