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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Shyla and I made it out for sunrise this morning - one of my favorite things in the world.
The sun was relaxing and warm. The world was serene. No wind, no noise, except some birds singing.
It was a morning for gratitude. Gratitude for the sunshine and beauty, gratitude that I felt decent, gratitude that I have Shyla in my life, and gratitude that R was capable of going running with the Runner. I knew the two of them were enjoying the morning too.
Shyla seemed very in tune with me, watching me so carefully at times.
After spending some time enjoying the sunrise, we hiked up to Hug Hill and took a break there for some training. On Hug Hill, we worked on "leave it". I put a favorite ring toy in front of Shyla, and I made the game even tougher by putting a pile of treats in the middle of the ring. I told her to "leave it".
This was her reaction. Eyes slammed shut and head turned away to avoid all temptation...
Eventually, she did open her eyes and relax. But her strategy didn't change. She didn't even let her eyes stray toward the temptation until I released her. In the next photo, I had said the magic release word.
Fun and games on another beautiful day in the Rockies!