Shyla and I burst out into the frigid air before sunrise almost every morning. I ask her to sit and stay while I get on my bike. I start to pedal and she trots along next to me. Recently, much to my surprise, I've heard a chickadee singing his springtime song in our clearing before sunrise, I whistle his two note song back to him, starting a daily conversation between him and me. Perhaps he's singing because our days are now a couple of minutes longer than at the solstice. That's worth a celebration song!
Actual morning sunshine has been rare recently but it happens every now and then. Look at my girl as the first sun rays kissed her beautiful face on a sunny day. She is next my favorite type of pine tree - a Ponderosa Pine. I love it for its rough, aromatic, and deep orange bark.
As the sun gets a tiny bit stronger, I decide to ask Shyla to stand on Angel K's favorite perch. Shyla does not naturally love this spot like I do. After playing with Shyla a bit, I manage to coax a happy look from her. Do you see the snowy mountains behind her?
As the sun gets higher in the sky, we roll off to try to get some real exercise - me pedaling and Shyla running. I feel so lucky to have this wonderful girl as my partner in our daily mountain outing.
Happy Shyla Saturday.