|The Ginger Brigade, L-R: Ruby, Walter, Preacher|
Our next stop was Infinity Farm, where my friend and former trainer lives with her menagerie of horses, ponies, llamas, goats, ducks and most importantly for the purposes of this story, dogs. Anna has two rescued corgis in her fantastic care: Walter and Preacher, as well as a labradoodle named Finny who Ruby adores chewing on. This was Ruby and Preacher's first meeting, and they hit it off splendidly, spending hours covering each other in spit. Walter prefers human company and was glad to leave the roughhousing to the other two, although he enjoys policing their antics with his authoritative quacking. Ruby even managed to find some leopard-print slippers for a game of tug-o-war. We reluctantly said our goodbyes as the sun started to set, and left for my aunt's house where Ruby had a second string of dogs to exhaust: my aunt's labradoodle, Hachi, and Aussie/spaniel mix, Stevezey.
|finally crashed on Friday night|
|view from our hike in Palmer Park|
On Saturday morning we loaded the dogs in my aunt's Jeep (Rubicon, appropriately) and took them for a hike in Palmer Park above Colorado Springs. We met several joggers at the trail head and Ruby barked a little. We had the snowy, slippery trail mostly to ourselves, encountering one off-leash husky-mix and a man with a beagle. I picked Ruby up both times since the trail was narrow, and turned her away as they passed. I was quick enough that she hardly noticed the husky, but she did some shrieking about the beagle. The man, who was walking his perfectly well-behaved beagle on-leash, apologized to me! I was stunned and replied that my dog was the one with the problem! On our way back we started seeing a lot of mountain bikers on the trails below, but luckily were only passed by a few. At this point Ruby was pretty riled up and I was happy to get back to the car. She and Stevezey fell asleep on the way home.
|sleepy Jeep dogs|
My aunt and I went out for lunch and some shopping while the dogs stayed with my Grandma. Gram had many dogs over the years and loves seeing Ruby's latest tricks. I needed a new bed for Ruby since there was a hole in her old one (which had been Freya's) and she had started pulling the stuffing out. I found a cute peach bolster bed in her size, as well as a little kitty hut for my cat, Nina. Nina is 17 years old and her favorite place to sleep is by the heat register in my upstairs bathroom, so now she will have a warm, comfy den where no dogs are allowed! Ruby and I had an uneventful trip home until a stop at the grocery store - I had planned to run in quickly but she was barking at people in the parking lot so I did not want to leave her stressed out in the car and opted to take her home first. She was exhausted, almost too tired to check out her Hero Dog Box which had arrived!
|testing out her new bed|
I was really proud of Ruby this weekend: she met a new dog, went hiking in a busy place, and played nicely with her dog cousins. She is truly happier around other dogs that she knows, and I am moving forward with being a foster for the American Eskimo rescue...more to come on that front soon!