The red dog& I don’t always spend our days training agility. In fact, I would guess, we only spend about 30 minutes a day actively working on agility. The rest of the time? We go for off leash walks around Cape Breton. This time of year, especially, reminds me just how lucky I am to live in such a wonderful place. The leaves are changing, the temperature is crisp& it’s like the last little piece of joy before a long, cold winter sets in.
Penn is a Vizsla ..which means being off leash, sniffing things& running like a maniac is pretty much her most ideal way to spend the day/ the week/ her entire life. We make a point to try to hike several different spots in Cape Breton, but we do have some absolute favorite spots that we frequent more than others. Okay, I’ll be honest. They are my favorite spots. Penny doesn’t care what location we hike, she thinks every hike is the greatest hike ever!! I think the only time she’s ever sad during a hike is when we get back to the car& the hike is over.
Vizsla energy is endless. A few weeks ago, I went for a hike with a friend& his Dalmation, Scout. We decided to be adventurous, we lost our way& an iPhone ..and it turned into a true adventure. Scout doesn’t lack in the energy department, but long after he had gotten tired of chasing squirrels, Penny was still trying to convince him to keep running like a lunatic. Poor Scout. Poor humans. We were so glad when we finally found the right path& my iPhone. Penny was, once again, disappointed that such a FUN afternoon was ending after only 2+ hours of enjoyment.
I am positive that if Penny could talk human, she would speak in a really high voice& communicate solely in run on sentences. Especially when it came to being in the woods. Her zest for life is truly infectious and if you ever have a chance to hit the woods with any hunting bred dog, you should do it.
A Vizsla may be an elusive sight while you’re hiking, but they will check back in frequently and there’s rarely a fear of them disappearing for too long. They tend to be a mix between hunting& handler focused. I’ve hiked with Penn in 2 provinces and several different spots& locations ..she always manages to find me despite my best efforts. Kidding, kidding. Sometimes I can only her running through the trees in the distance but all it takes is a whistle& a name call to get her to come back to me. Considering my first dog can never, ever be let off leash because he’ll run away and literally won’t come back, it’s such a lovely change to have a reliable off leash dog.
So, does anyone else hike with their dogs? And, if you’re in Cape Breton, do you have any great hidden gem hiking trails that Penny& I can test out? We tend to stay off the main trails because the island isn’t very dog friendly& so dogs aren’t allowed off leash on more populated trails. I want to be a good doggy ambassador to show that there are appropriate owners& well-mannered dogs. If you aren’t on the island, is where you live dog friendly or are you fighting an uphill battle as well? I am hoping that, eventually, a few bad apples will stop spoiling it for the rest of us!