Baron was my first non-hunting dog and a giant for his breed. His large size and bone structure led to his demise after seven wonderful years from elbow dysplasia. He was my best buddy.
Now Lily, our rescue GSD, has taken his place and she is a sweetheart for sure. We continue Barons tradition of one or sometimes even two long hikes per day. Keeping fit works for all of us.
One of our favorite hiking places is the Goethite WMA. There is a certain routine to this place. A dog can run free, which is not an option at the State and County Parks and on the bike trails. Baron would bring me a stick hoping I'll remember he likes to fetch in the water. So far Lily hasn't shown much interest in that activity.
Then, of course, there are all those interesting smells along the animal trails.
Baron ran way ahead once following a scent through the prairie, heading toward the distant mountains. I followed his big ears bouncing through the tall grass….. Wait a minute! He does have big ears but there are no mountains in Minnesota’s Bluff Country.
Honest to God. This is what happened. Baron ran ahead out of sight. When I finally caught up with him, there he was greeting a hiking couple on the trail . This is exactly what the woman said to me. "We saw him running towards us through the grass. We thought at first he was a LLAMA. He does have big ears you know." Good grief !!! Well, at least, so far, no one has accused Lily of that.....