After what feels like weeks of sitting in my bathroom, scrounging up whatever bits of open wireless connection I could from other people in my neighborhood (yes, it's true), we're finally back online. I'm still not hopeful that the problem is fixed for good, but maybe it is. All I know is that it's working right now, and I intend to take full advantage of it!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
On Sunday, Louie, my sister, Marge and I took a truly awesome hike in the autumn woods. We were out there a good while, and covered somewhere from 3 to 4 miles. I'd like to squeeze another in before our trial on Saturday, but I don't think I'll be able to (the beach might be an option, though).
As we started on what is arguably the most scenic trail in all of the woods, we stopped off at the big lake to let the beauty sink in.
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. And, to make things even better, we found a brand new spot along the lake for Marge to wade. The drop off is extremely gradual, so she can walk around in the shallow water. It'll be an exciting place to take her in the Spring and Summer!
She developed a reddish, bumpy rash on her inner thighs after we arrived home, but I don't think it was from this water - she's gotten this rash periodically, and I think it might be from the smaller ponds we stopped at. We'll try to stick to wading in the larger bodies of water, like this one.
We then walked a short distance down the trail to the next body of water, a pond, where the colors were as vibrant as can be.
(click HERE to see the same place in July!)
We walked on for at least a mile, surrounded by trees. For some reason, I really felt the pain in my calves as we climbed. I hope that with repeated trips, the pain will cease. At least the trip down wasn't so bad!
We wandered off trail a bit, too (which is a huge act of courage by me!). We found this little pond. It was murky (no wading for Marge here) and not exactly picturesque, but the idea of being secluded in the forest was enchanting.
Our ascent was finally complete, and we peered out towards the ocean and New Jersey. It was Louie's first trip on this trail with me, and I think he enjoyed it - it's wonderfully scenic.
We continued onward a bit more, but a group of young children were making their way up the trail, and their screams bothered Marge (and me). So, we headed back down the way we came, our calves sore, our adventurousness quenched. We'll be back for more soon.
(I have a million things to talk about, since I've blogged a grand total of five times so far in the month of October. Look out for a pre-trial post on Friday, and then a trial recap on Sunday).
MargeBlog started in early 2009 as a training journal for my newly adopted, skittish Lab mix, Marge. Marge's world was small back then; her fears really limited the things I could do with her. Aside from trips to the park and attending beginner training classes, Marge was mostly a stay at home gal - not because either of us wanted her to be, just because the demons from her unsuitable upbringing continued to haunt her.
Slowly, the fear diminished, her world grew. Now, Marge is a fun-loving, squirrel-chasing, winning Agility and Rally dog who accompanies me to a wide variety of places. Here, you will frequently find detailed training updates, snippets from Marge's every day life at home, and photo-filled posts detailing our many outdoor adventures.
This is more than just a dog blog - it is an actual look in to what one shelter dog's life ultimately became when she found her first and forever home and began to blossom.
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A rescue from Georgia bounced around from shelter to shelter and state to state with her siblings, Marge did not have the luxury of living in a home - my home - until just past her first birthday. A life behind bars had taken its toll on Marge, whose obvious fear of people, noise, and city life in general left a lot for her to learn about how to get by in New York.
Marge is a different dog now than she was back then. It took years of new, positive life experiences, but her fears, which used to consume everything we did, are now only one theme in a great big book of adventures.
These days, Marge enjoys going to training classes, taking trips to agility trials, having play dates with friends, and eating anything that's even remotely edible - not bad for a dog who spent her puppy days in cages.
My time with Marge has been a learning experience for which I am ever grateful. As my first dog, she has taught me and continues to teach me so much more than I ever imagined about dogs, training, and behavioral/fear issues. She's a fun dog with a sense of humor who loves life and learning.
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