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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Black Dog Sunday

Our Black Dog has had a rough couple of weeks. He's been reluctant to go for runs, and sometimes even to go for a walk. He's been checked out by our vet who thinks that he's in physical pain - in his spine and bad elbow. We've started him on some medication that may help.

With that in mind, we weren't sure whether to do our traditional fall hike up to some lakes high in the mountains. It's not a very long hike but it involves a fair bit of hopping over obstacles and rocky ground.

We decided to try it. We thought that we'd let our Black Dog decide how far we went. After all, at just a couple of weeks shy of 12 years old, the odds were low that the hike would get easier for him in coming years.
The easy part was getting to the lake shown above. The harder part was an off-trail scramble to the lake that we've dubbed "Dog Leap Lake". R rose to the occasion. He never showed any lack of enthusiasm, and he seemed to easily make it to Dog Leap Lake, as he's done for every year of his life.

And, he was excited to play in the water once we got there.

He retrieved tennis balls, perhaps his favorite game on Earth.

And he kept going back for more!
We cut the retrieving game a bit short to make sure that R had the energy to get back to the trailhead. No problem - he did it without a problem.

He seemed to pay a price for the fun afternoon in the mountains, as he adamantly didn't want to exercise the next morning. That's okay. I paid a price too, in terms of spine pain, but it was worth it. I think that our Black Dog and I have a similar approach to life.

Happy Black Dog Sunday.


  1. That first picture of R trotting into the water, head up, tail up, made me smile big. It's such a gift when the older ones suddenly look young again :)

  2. You sure don't look like a senior, R. Your photos always show how much you love life♥

  3. tears in my eyes, so sorry he is in pain and that you are also, but also happy you both got to do one of your favorite things together... I love that last shot of him

  4. We're glad to hear R had fun at the mountain lake.

  5. You're creating such wonderful memories with R. Sorry you're both feeling the pain afterward.

  6. Try inflapotion from Glacier Peak Holistics in Montana along with herbal aspirin. They work wonders for stiffness.

  7. How heartwarming it must be to see him enjoy a beloved pastime. Such a sweet boy.

  8. Such beautiful photos. We sure hope that you and R both feel better soon.

  9. Hari OM
    Oh yeah, I know that have fun, pay later thing. It works!!! YAM xx

  10. I'm glad you took R. Looks like it was great fun and so worth it for him and you. Hopefully it is just normal aches and pains and that he will heal up quickly. Take care of yourself too.

  11. Sorry to hear about my favorite Internet dog having more pain and stiffness. I know you are happy with every good opportunity for fun that he experiences.

  12. Some things are worth the pain! He looks so happy!

  13. R you were in your element the journey was worth it for you and Mom. I hope you are both in less pain now
    Hugs Cecilia

  14. So sweet. Cherish these moments!

  15. Sorry that you're both dealing with pain. Hope meds will help the both of you. So glad that you're continuing to engage R, within his abilities, in annual traditions and your wonderful 'backyard'. He's coping with diminished vision very well!

    The recent Shyla photos, and how she's easing your heart, have been really special.

    Chris from Boise

  16. Sorry to hear R has been having a rough time, but you'd never guess it from those photos! We hope all he needed was a day off afterwards to mostly recover (and you too!). ♥
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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