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Thursday, August 27, 2015

From Mountain Trails to Pink Toe Nails

On our first day in the high mountains, we all went out to play on the trails in the morning. It was a glorious day with barely a cloud in the sky.
I was riding my bike with Shyla. We started early enough that the trails were mostly empty, although Shyla was continually vigilant watching for other people who might be around.
I was thrilled to see that some wildflowers were still in bloom. The alpine summer is so short that the flowers are sometimes gone by mid-August. We were high enough (12,000') that signs of autumn were already sneaking into view.
During our ride, I spotted some baby birds who couldn't fly very well yet, and I told Shyla to "stay" while I photographed them. They were so camouflaged! My best bird books are in the LabMobile which is now at our local mechanic's shop so I can't figure out what species this is. Does anyone know?
Although I've worked hard at teaching Shyla not to chase large animals, she still wants to chase small ones - and sometimes gives into the temptation. I've incorporated a lot of "impulse control" training into Shyla's program. I was thrilled to see it pay off in a real-life situation as she resisted chasing the birds. She stood solidly in a "stay" while the little birds skittered around. I'm so proud of her.
As we headed down toward camp, I noticed that the clouds had suddenly built up over the nearby mountains, as is typical up high in the Rockies.
I also noticed the hazy view to our east. I didn't know that haze would become a theme for our trip due to the terrible fires still burning in the western half of the country.
When we arrived back in camp, the Runner had called a friend's parents, who luckily lived near where we were camped, to ask about a good mechanic for the LabMobile. These people who we'd never met were SO helpful. They lined up a mechanic who was waiting for us when we drove up to his garage. He dropped everything to quickly replace a defective part that our local mechanic had installed before the trip. And we played with a very cool dog named Buster while the mechanic worked. Buster was at least part Pit Bull and had pink toe nails that his human sisters had recently painted. He was a truly gentle sweetie.

To our astonishment, we were back on the road, heading toward the San Juan mountains, very quickly because the mechanic fixed things so fast. Yay!

It's wonderful to know that there are such generous souls in our world. I hope that we can pay the kindness forward in the future.


  1. Pink nails - sounds like a trend you should be adopting ;-)

  2. Did Shyla want some pink toe nails too? ;-) Isn't it nice to know that there ARE some nice people out there. So glad you were able to get the Labmobile on the road again.

    What an awesome shot of that beautiful flower!

  3. So heartwarming to find so many good people around us. Lucy is great at staying except for crows. She just cannot get over the way they hop around and will break almost every time. Fortunately crows are very wise and she is no threat to them.

  4. It is so beautiful there! That's awesome that you were able to get back on the road so quickly! LOL about the pink toe nails! I really need to do the girls! :D

  5. Shyla really looks like an adult dog in that 5th shot. SO grown up, and such a good girl! And yes. The kindness of strangers can be astonishing!

  6. PeeeeS: I'd love to see a picture of Buster with his pink toe nails!

  7. Yes, its so wonderful when people can help us with our emergencys!!
    Sure makes us feel better,, doesn't it?
    Could the little birds, be baby quail or Meadow lark?

  8. such beautiful backdrops. glad you had a good mechanic experience.

  9. KB, I'm positive that you and Runner will repay the kindness to others at some point. In fact, I bet you do without even knowing it-you are just that type of person. I'm so glad your vehicle got fixed and you were able to continue on.
    I was glad to see clear skies today and a view of the Rockies, which we haven't had for a few weeks.
    Sending hugs your way!

  10. Such beautiful views.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. That's very impressive training, for a "Stay" like that! Piper has always had trouble with that one. When I remind her that I said "Stay," her attitude seems to be, "I DID!"
    So maybe it's more a "conceptualization of time" issue. ;)

  12. We so wanted to see Buster's pretty pink nails ☺

  13. We're glad the helpful ones were there! Such beautiful photos!

  14. Beautiful views! It's so nice to find a helpful, caring person.

  15. Shyla you are such a good girl listening to mom. A baby pheasant?
    Lily & Edward

  16. To resist chasing a birdie is the greatest amount of restraint ever shown by a doggie. Trust me, I know this from pawsonal experience!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. I was wondering when the pink nails would come in - haha!
    I'm amazed at how anyone can paint their dog's nails. *I* can hardly stay still long enough for nail polish to dry, much less 'my' (any dog I've been around) dog!


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