Our family has lived in this beautiful state of Washington for just over a year, and to my chagrin, we had not taken time to just “get away” and go camping. Well, as of last weekend, I can now remove the subtitle “Has never been camping in Washington” from the story of my life. Not only was it our first camping trip, but it was our first camping trip with Luna.
How many times have you struggled to get through the day, wanting to just ignore the work on your desk and put your head down and fall asleep for just a few minutes? How many times have you, instead of giving in to your body’s needs, reached for that cup of coffee, bottle of soda, or sugary snack? In all likelihood, you are doing more harm than good. Yes, gone are the days when we came home from kindergarten and were made to take naps. Today’s world is full of hustle and bustle, rarely taking the time to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves, but all that hurried folly doesn’t meant that we should ignore our need for rest throughout the day. Many famous people took naps: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and John D. Rockefeller, to name a few. I find it hard to believe that these people are wrong.
Luna loves to chew. When she first rescued us, she would purloin various items out of my office with the intent to chew them into oblivion. She was particularly fond of the mellow, aged 2009 Sharpie with a note of cherry. We wanted Luna to be able to use her energy on something substantial because she blows through bully sticks, and with her dietary restrictions, we didn’t want to give her something that could potentially upset her stomach. Plus, we wanted her to focus chewing on her own things, and not ours (like my Vans). Ultimately, we found split elk antler.
I had known about elk antlers, and had seen that the Rescue from where we got her gave them to their greyhounds. Initially, I bought an uncut antler for Luna, and that was just a bust because she couldn’t get to the marrow. Then, by happenstance, on one of our many trips to the pet store, I allowed Luna to pick out a “chewy”. She picked the quartered elk antler, and from that day on, “Boney James” has made the top of the list as one of her favorite chewies.
My family and I recently took up hiking. We’ve been in Washington for a year, and we finally decided to get off our collective duffs and take to the trails, and I’m certainly glad we did because, through hiking, we are treated to the most glorious of views that our state has to offer.
Many times, however, we’ve been greeted on the trails by unleashed dogs who would rather not listen to their owner, and doggie landmines left on the trail. Nothing ruins a hike through nature like an irresponsible dog owner or hiking with a dog that can’t handle the trails, so with the help of the Washington Trails Association, here is a primer for those of you who go hiking with your dog.