This morning was our last walk around the lake. While I am very excited to be moving on, I know I will miss our 5:30 am off-leash walks on the quiet trail with no one else around. That’s not to say there isn’t the possibility for such things in our new neighbourhood, but Shiva and I have a lot of memories stored in each corner of this path. It’s hard not to feel a little wistful about leaving them behind.
I am willing to bet that Shiva has spent more time in this little forest than any other dog in the world in the last three years. It has become as much our home as the house in which we lived. It’s where we practiced countless tricks, perfected recalls, worked on her reactivity. This park just two blocks away was the first place Shiva ever ran free.
The forest is my “happy place”. There is nothing more relaxing than meandering around the path, laughing as Shiva leaps over tree stumps, and stopping to play in the water. We owe the forest a lot. It essentially became the fenced backyard we didn’t have.
As the time went on, I began to feel a little possessive of the space. It irked me when we ran into other dogs during our time slot. How dare they interrupt our morning routine!
Winter was my favourite time as we were guaranteed to have the entire place to ourselves. We would go for long walks on the frozen lake and Shiva could zoom as much as she pleased.
Spring and summer were more difficult. The fishing season typically begins Easter long weekend and lasts far too long. You all know our opinions on that. It is more challenging this time of year to let her off leash, the leaves make it hard to see who is approaching. Nonetheless, it’s always worth the risk.
But our time here is now done. We are leaving it open for another dog and human team to enjoy together. I hope they appreciate it as much as we did.
As part of Petfinder’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, I am taking a minute every day in June to share the photos of cats waiting for their forever homes.
Today I thought I would share two kittens because it is Friday and I am sure we could all use an extra bit of cuteness. The guy to the left is Smudge at the Partnership for Animal Welfare in Greenbelt, Maryland. He is one of four babies left at the shelter without a mother at just four weeks of age. Out of all his siblings, Smudge is the smallest but when you are a young kitten, ready for an action, size isn’t going to get in your way!
Sweet baby Ella is spending her time with the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew in Calgary, Alberta. She was found out in the cold with her mother but no siblings, which makes her a real survivor. Ella is fearless and loves to climb and snuggle, maybe even both at the same time! She would make the perfect pet for anyone looking to dote on a new feline friend.