We just recently celebrated Ty’s eleventh birthday, so calling him out as a “senior” is provoking a twinge of guilt …
but it’s time to talk about the things we’re doing to accommodate his changing needs.
Now, we’re cutting that back to one longer hike (2-4 miles) and a couple of shorter ones (1-2 miles).
Just because we aren’t doing as much hiking, doesn’t mean we’re not spending time outdoors!
One of our favorite things to do with the dogs is hiking – and don’t get me wrong, Ty still has plenty of spunk!
Whether we’re hitting the trails in a national forest, or taking an urban hike through one of our favorite cities, he’s always ready to go.
The weather is also affecting Ty more than it has in the past.
High temperatures and humidity sap his energy more quickly, so, in addition to searching out flat courses, we’re spending more time consulting the forecast when planning our outdoor activities.
Buster still needs to get out, and Ty considers it absolutely unacceptable to be left behind – so we’ve been looking for things we can do that allow Ty to get some rest, and still stimulate Buster’s non-stop brain.
Going for a drive has become a popular option, because Ty generally curls up in his bed and sleeps, while Buster keeps a watchful eye on everything and everyone we pass …
It was a perfect fall day and, as we surveyed Mother Nature’s spectacular show, we noticed a campground right on the lakeshore!