Hello, everyone! I’m Flattery and I’ve taken over the computer to write about a weekend adventure Küster and I had.
That’s right, I said Küster and I had an adventure. Bunny stayed at home to relax in the cool air of the house this time and Morgan had her crazy on, so that meant that it was an adventure for the black dogs. We were on a mission and we left early in the morning. It was even earlier than my humans usually leave for work. Neither of us were sure what was up, but we are always very happy to go along. We both love some road tripping fun.
It was a little weird at first, because Küs had his crate in my usual spot in the cargo bay. I had on my seatbelt in Bunny’s usual spot on the back seat. We were both comfortable, though, and we settled in for a fun day’s outing. We were not to be disappointed.
It turns out that our road trip had several parts to it.
Our first stop was a visit to see Küster’s breeder in Wisconsin. Ms. Breeder has some new puppies that needed to be played with. She usually has a play with the puppies day to help socialize the puppies and for the families who are getting a puppy to have a chance to meet them and play with them. We black dogs stayed in the cool comfort of the car for that part because the puppies are still vulnerable to diseases that we adult dogs are not.
There was a litter of puppies that our dad was interested in because he’s heard good things about the mom and the dad of those puppies. He says we are not ready for a puppy here yet, because of Mom’s vet bills from this summer, but he really, really liked a little girl named Uriah. I don’t think it would take a lot of arm twisting to get him to start working on a second search dog partner, if only the money would fall from the sky. Still, he says it’s not meant to be, but she is going to be an awesome search dog for someone. I hear she might even be able to do some stellar long downs.
Küster and I were starting to think that it was just going to be a fun drive for us, but then the next stop happened.
We stopped to visit Rock Cut State Park. We’ve been there before, but it’s been quite a while. We drove through the park and enjoyed a bunch of the sights, as well as noticing that a lot of other dogs were out enjoying the park with their humans, too. We were especially curious about the kayaks on the lake, and Mom has been talking for several years now about wanting to rent a kayak and try a boat trip with one of us dogs. I will gladly volunteer, being fearless and adventuresome, when the time comes, but it wasn’t meant to be on that day.
Instead, after admiring some of the park’s natural beauty from the car, we stopped and took a walk on one of the trails. It was perfect weather for being outside in the sunshine and I was a happy hound. Küs seemed to be enjoying himself, too, and we were happy to be out sniffing the smells and hearing the sounds of nature. It was a lot of fun and I hope that we get to go back again this fall when all the leaves start changing colors. Humans like the view and dogs love the smells. Everybody wins. It was also less crowded than our favorite place, Starved Rock, on the weekends.
There were also a few other stops along the way.
Mom wanted some good pictures of me for our photo challenge, so we made a few stops to take pictures and that made my human happy. Truth be told, the whole trip was about making her happy. The beginning of the school year can be rough on her and Dad thought time out in the sunshine and playing with puppies would be relaxing and fun for her. Küster and I got to benefit from it all as well, and I’m not complaining.
We’ve had two weekends in a row with fun stuff going on and I think we’re all feeling pretty good about it. I’m not sure what next weekend will bring, but as long as we’re together, I’ll be a happy girl. These road trips are good for the soul, both human and canine.