Everybody, their cousin and whatever kid they could find was taking advantage of the sunny Sunday at Onondaga Lake Park.
The Wegmans area set up with all the play equipment to keep children happy and their parents and grandparents busy watching them was chock full on the breezy, 60º F early afternoon.
My dear wife Karen and I took Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle for her first walk on the path set by the shore of lake that abuts the city of Syracuse.
The dog was overstimulated at the start, straining at the end of her leash, no matter the tug of the gentle leader attached around her nose. Ellie B saw what she saw and smelled what she smelled and life was great and let me at it, Ma and Da!
Because the idea was to let her walk as far as she could go, advancing her training so to speak, the overenthusiasm may have been counterproductive.
Eventually, the walkers, bikers, rollerbladers and other dogs stopped making Ellie B go bonkers. We settled into a pace that allowed her to sniff and enjoy as well as walk off that winter weight. When she started to pant …
… we stopped for a bench break, and poured a drink into a portable container that held chicken chow mein in its previous life. The blue lake looked pretty on April 19, 2015.
At several points, the paved path gave way to foot holds to the water’s edge.
First Ellie B looked out and thought it over. Then she spotted a large piece of driftwood and did not know what to make of it.
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By the end of our journey, we’d walked 1 1/2 miles to the west before doubling back. Good day for Dogamous Pyle’ fitness comeback. It keeps her more interested than the usual blocks around our neighborhood. It keeps us more interested, too.
We saw one tree on the shoreline in bloom.
Believe it or not, the dog at bottom right was climbing five or six feet up the tree trunk, but scrambled back down before I could click the picture with my iPhone 6.
How far can you walk with your dog? Does your dog need to work off winter weight, and if so, how do you do it? Which photo is your favorite, and why?