Sunday, April 17, 2016
Heidi Is The Leader Of The Sunday Morning Walk
Finally a little after 7am Heidi was up to start the day with her daily body shake first thing every morning and that is what wakes the bloodhounds up. So the day was on. They had that look in their eye that they knew it was their breakfast time.
They hit their yard but didn't move into the field because something loud was coming from that direction. They were aware of something but didn't know what it was. It was a tractor in the field behind the one we walk in, moving slowly, discing his field.
Since they were not going in the field, we all returned to the house. Like I said in last nights post, the plan is to take Heidi on both walks during the day. I am assuming she is healthy enough to do that with her perfect blood work results just last month. As soon as I attached the leash to her collar while she was outside, she headed for the field knowing we were walking.
After about 50' I took the leash off of her and she immediately ran in front of me, leading the walk, just like the old days. Sadie and Stella went off on their own track while Heidi walked at her own slow pace, stopping to sniff spots too frequently.
She reminded me of Winston, lagging way behind, sniffing certain spots more than walking. The bloodhounds and I waited for her to catch up with her trotting some and walking some. Then Sadie and Stella took off to their deer bed spots.
As soon as I let her walk in front of me she took off up the path. It was GREAT to see her running in the field again, since yesterday was her first time walking since October 7th of last year.
When you are the leader of the walk you can do anything you want ... she found a spot she liked ... I'll find out later if she is allergic to grass because after this walk her skin should be red sometime today .. IF she is allergic to grass.
She got up long enough for the photo and then rolled back down. If I hadn't moved I think she could have stayed there most of the day.
While Sadie and Stella inspected the deer area ... Heidi decided to run forward ... it was like she knew she was the leader once again on the daily dog walk.
Stella of course stopped at her three favorite spots, got way behind as Sadie, Heidi and I continued to walk ... I did not even have to yell her name before she came running to catch us.
Here you can see where the farmer was discing his field early this morning getting ready to plant possibly this week before the rains show up.
You can barely see Stella in the center of the photos about the bush line.
In the meantime Heidi was on her own exploration. I can't tell you how good it is to see her back in the field enjoying herself. She even got into the trotting mode a few times.
From the past seven months it was like she was a new hound by the way she was acting. Is it because the change to warmer weather?
Leading Stella to the finish line while Sadie hung back to walk with me.
So she is off the leash much sooner than I expected. She has been leash free for years, really all the time except for the first two weeks after I brought her home. I was wrong I didn't bring her home in 2011 but June 28, 2012.
It looks like it's going to be another great day here in 'the tropics' of Southern Indiana.