It seems like forever since I've posted photos of any of Marge's outings. Sometimes it seems like forever since I've taken her on any!
Fortunately, we've actually been able to find some time to have some fun lately. Just before Christmas, we went for a long walk on the beach. Nothing about the day suggested it was winter - the sun was shining and it was relatively warm.
Marge frequently gets the freedom of her 20 or 50 foot long line at places such as the beach, thanks to our seclusion from roads, other people and dogs, as well as her reliability. I occasionally drop the line altogether and let her burn some steam off by running around me. Goodness knows she needs it.
When I call her to come back to me, I'm met with a face like this, expecting treats. Even without the treats, Marge is very attentive to me and I'm so thankful for that.
About a week later, on New Year's Eve, Louie & I went for a hike with my good friend and her dogs, Spirit and Bailey. Marge absolutely LOVES their company. I used to often complain that Marge didn't have many doggy friends.. but if she gets to see these two every once in a while, it makes me feel better. (We actually went on a hike with them today, too, but I've got no pics to show from that).
She truly feeds off of their confident and friendly personalities when she is with them.
At the top of the trail, the three posed together for a quick pic.
Unfortunately, the dogs weren't the only ones hiking with us, it seems. After we returned that evening, I could have sworn that I felt something on Marge's neck. I looked, but didn't find anything. However, today, I felt it again, and did a little more investigating. I discovered an attached, but not engorged, tick. I yanked it off, applied some antibiotic ointment, and checked thoroughly for more (and found none), but now I've got the heeby jeebies!
I've got some free time tomorrow, and I'm thinking maybe we'll head to the beach this time. I shouldn't have to deal with ticks in December!