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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Shyla Saturday

Shyla had a bit of a rough week but is recovering. During our short camping trip, she somehow got two small punctures in her cornea.  At first, I didn't know what was wrong with her eye but a saline rinse seemed to solve it. Then, a couple of days later, she was holding the eye closed.

After the vet diagnosed her, the recovery was fast. I took these photos about five days after she saw the vet and started treatment.
Both eyes are open, and she looks joyful.

Last year, I played with Shyla and our other pups in the wildflowers endlessly. This year, we are having a drought. Blossoms don't last for long. Shyla and I have to search to find a few flowers every morning.

Also, it's been hot. We are trying to get out onto the trails early but it seems that everyone else is doing the same. Over the years, Shyla has overcome her fears enough that she likes lots of people and dogs. However, we seem to be running into the ones who scare her. When Shyla hears them coming, she lowers her body toward the ground and slinks off to hide in the forest.

Seeing her look so happy and confident in these photos makes that description seem hard to believe! Indeed, she is this happy about 90% of our time on the trails now.
We'll figure out a strategy for this summer. I am thinking that we need to get out even earlier.

Happy Shyla Saturday from summertime at 8200' in Colorado.


  1. Hari OM
    Bright and beautiful! YAM xx

  2. Dogs, They Sure Do Worry Us To The Core - BLK Dog Would Love An Uncle T Just Because Treat

    Big Hugs Humans

  3. I often think of you and how Brave you are for riding your bike and walking and Hiking with lions and bears out there! And I want to walk before daylight say at 5:30 in the morning but the few coyotes raccoons and possums we have keep me in the house. I do start my walk at 6:30 when it's just breaking. I am so glad child as I is okay I wonder how in the world that got hurt maybe a dry flowers stuck it!

  4. We are so happy to hear that your eyes are okay, Shyla. Beautiful photos of you in the wildflowers!

  5. I'm sure glad the eyes are okay and that your beautiful girl is having a fun time!

  6. Sorry to hear Shyla was under the weather but it's good that her eye is on the mend. She sure looks happy in all those pictures. It's hard to imagine her looking as sad as you describe but we just know you are always doing your best to keep her happy.

  7. So glad you were able to get a diagnosis and treatment right away. And I hope Shyla's concerns will be lessened this week. Maybe she felt a little vulnerable while her eye was not quite right?
    KB, I feel the same way about needing to get out even earlier, but it's hard when I wake up feeling so tired. Every night I think tomorrow I'll get up and out before dawn - I'm always awake then anyway! - but after a night of maybe 4 cumulative hours of broken sleep, I just don't seem to have the willpower. It would be much easier if Piper wanted to go out, but I have to be the cheerleader for both of us these days.

  8. There is one of your photos i would like to use- with proper credit.
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  9. Thank goodness you were able to get the diagnosis and resolution for Shyla so quickly. Enjoy your Shyla Saturday!

  10. The heat this summer has been relentless in town, did not know it's the same up your way. We get out early too to avoid the heat and people. Glad Shyla's eye is healing well. Stay safe, sane and keep smiling.

  11. Shyla thank goodness your peepers are all healed...they are most impawtant when you are out running.
    Hugs to you, the siblings and KB and Runner

  12. So pleased that the vet sorted Shyla's eye. Hot even at 8,200 ft? Wow!

  13. I'm so glad her eye injury healed so quickly!! Maybe your heat wave will ease up so you don't have to make too many adjustments to your plans. It's been pretty hot here too so our walks are early as well.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  14. So glad you were able to get the eye issue cleared up. Hubbie has horrible cornea issues:(

    We always love seeing the joy in Shyla's photos.

  15. Poor Shyla. I am glad you got on top of her eye injury so quickly. She certainly looks happy in the photos :)

  16. You are twice as high up as I am at 4,111. I couldn't breathe that high up anymore. Oh, well. I'm so glad Shyla recovered from her eye injury and is enjoying her runs in the fields. I see there aren't as many yellow flowers as you usually have. I hope you will get some rain.


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