It is the time of year when mountain dwellers like me know how lucky we are. After a long cold winter, we are reaping the rewards.
I think that, as she found more confidence in herself, she started a phase where she no longer automatically followed my cues. Consequently, I've had to rein her in, making her spend some of each mountain bike ride in a "heel" next to my bike. If she breaks out of the heel, I immediately stop my bike, go get her, and put her back in place. Then, we do a short "heeling" practice session before we go on. With this program, her behavior is improving by the day.
The wildflowers are on track too. This Columbine is in my garden. It was almost open this morning. I spotted one out on the trail that had almost completely opened!! It's almost Columbine season - yipee!