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It's going to be a very pool summer until it becomes a very hiking in the mountains summer.

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Logan woke up in full retrieving mode this morning. So far he has brought me a pair of my readers that fell on the floor in the bedroom. He walked through with them and plopped down on the floor in front of me, looking at me. I told him they were mine and to bring them to my hand, which he did. 😃 He also retrieves Abby's ceramic bowl every morning after she finishes eating and brings it to me. 😅
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I took Logan to our Riverfront Park today. I should have been going here more often already. It's such a pretty park with 4 miles of pathway. He really enjoyed it and there are plenty of people (but not crowded) during the week and other dogs walking by.

A man jogged by us and then we saw him again coming the other way. He stopped and asked me if I would please tell him where I got Logan, so I told him. He said he is on a waiting list at an upstate breeder because his wife wants an English Cream. He kept going on about how beautiful Logan is and he knows the wait is long all over the place, but he'd rather wait for a dog like mine. I told Logan to stick close. 😅 (Kidding!)

He started jogging away and then turned and came back and asked if he could take a photo of Logan to send to his wife. lol Logan sat there like a good boy for his photo taking.

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Busy day for Logan today, but no photos.

He took a walk, played fetch, went to agility, and swam. Whew!

In agility he had his A-game on for jumps, tunnel, A-frame, and teeter. A bug flew into his face on the teeter and he slowed down and went slow the second time also. I think he was thinking it would dive bomb him again. After that, he went back to his regular teeter behavior.

My agility instructor told me to stop saying his name unless he was in the tunnel and needed to turn coming out of it. I think I said his name at least five more times in class today. 🙃 I told her I would practice this week. I told my husband, Brian, that story and he talked about calling him "Dude." I told him absolutely not as I don't want him thinking his name is Dude. My apologies to anyone who reads this with a dog named Dude. 😅
 

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We traveled up to Cashiers, NC today. Logan was able to play with a black lab two months younger than him. They had a grand time. He met Spencer last summer also and played with him then. I think they remembered each other. 💗🐶

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Hiking fun today -- Logan's first hike.

Whitewater Falls trail in Cashiers, NC.

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And this is at Slabtown Pizza in Cashiers:

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We had a fun Mother's Day weekend in the North Carolina mountains.


Our home there is in a neighborhood that has a private dog park. It's about three acres and hardly ever used. It's pretty. Last summer, over the entire summer, I saw probably seven dogs all summer in total. Most of the time I'm in there alone with the dogs. We met the one black lab this past weekend and I holler out vetting questions before people come in. I'm sure they think I'm insane. lol If the dog is a female and not spayed, or questionable as to behavior towards an energetic young dog, I'm out of there.

Anyway, the last visit on Sunday we were there by ourselves -- my husband and me -- and Logan and Abby. Logan will fetch for a bit in there, but he really wants to explore and sniff. Since we don't get much off leash time in a bigger area, I decided to see what Logan would do if I just walked off without saying anything. I started walking the perimeter of the fence on the inside. Well, lo and behold, Logan decided he needed to walk with me off leash as I walked the perimeter each time I did it. I was happy to see that. Brian was on a bench in the middle and one time I stooped down to play with Logan and I asked him, "Where's daddy?" He knew, of course, and located him with his eyes. I said "Go see daddy!" and he took off full speed to go check in with daddy and came charging back to me. Brian said he had said, "Where's momma?" We started playing that game getting behind trees far apart and Logan loved it. Again, onlookers may think we are nuts.


A few photos of Logan and Abby in the mountains. Logan needs a hair trim (just got bathed) and Abby needs a bath (appointment booked.)

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Sounds like lots of fun. Rukie loves playing hide and go seek with my husband running behind trees and sending him back to me. Having a dog with great recall and who naturally wants to be within eyesight is great.
 
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Sounds like lots of fun. Rukie loves playing hide and go seek with my husband running behind trees and sending him back to me. Having a dog with great recall and who naturally wants to be within eyesight is great.
Fun! I have done it a lot in the house, but not outdoors. Logan finds it hilarious. In the house I throw a ball or toy and take off running while he gets the item. Abby occasionally gives me away though because she follows me and lets him know where I am. :ROFLMAO: I still worry Logan will go chasing a deer or bear (yikes!), so I'm so thankful we have this large fenced in area in the mountains.
 

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Oh! I meant to say when I was in the mountains hiking with Logan, he mostly got compliments from people. One lady, however, gave me a disapproving look and said, "Is your dog overweight?" :censored: I smiled at her and said, "No. He weighs 67lbs. He's just very fluffy."

I usually don't pay attention to what people say, but it feels akin to having my children insulted. So, it's been weighing on my mind because I train Logan a lot. I took him to the vet for a weight check-in today and he weighs 68lbs at 17 months. I've still been giving him 1.5 cups of food twice a day -- plus he gets training treats. He's on the go a lot. I'm going to taper his food back a little bit because he is getting closer to being a grown up boy. Luke just had a cup twice a day as an adult. I don't think 68 is large, but I want to keep Logan's weight in check.

We took a walk this morning and then we trained today before we headed to the vet. We did an engagement session with elements of heeling -- get close, bounce, and strut (heeling.) Looking back at the video helped to see how well he was looking up at me. We worked for 12 minutes. I know because of the video I took. I don't know what a good session length is, but that is as long as I thought Logan could handle as I don't want him frustrated. We also worked on recall after I took him to the vet for weighing. We'll do weaves later and I'll throw in a short session of backing up for advanced tricks. I played with him some also.

I've been training Monday/tuesday, Wednesday (off), thursday/Friday, and then Saturday and Sunday off. I have no idea what's too much or not enough. I've just been trying to gauge by Logan.
 

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It's an absolutely beautiful day here. We've taken a long walk and, later, we did a training session on heeling.

I can tell heeling is going to be a process. It feels like trying to become a good golfer. 🤪😅 I'm taking videos. I think he's wondering why I'm only taking three to five steps forward so far.

I also may need Valium as I try to figure out why butt goes out sometimes and wraps behind me other times. I know it's me. It may be the slow pace for these beginning lessons. I also find it difficult, apparently, to square my shoulders and look over/down at Logan.

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Logan had agility today and did great. He went in there at 100% charged battery power it seemed. I was wondering if he was going to be all over the place as he seemed amped up. He was all in, however, and it was a lot of fun. He really bounds over the dog walk. It makes me nervous, but he seems very sure footed.
 

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Logan swam twice today. My son is visiting from Seattle and he sat out by the pool with us this morning as Logan swam. Around 5:00 today, the grands came over to swim. I can't believe they get in because the water is freezing, but they had a great time.

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