We had a playdate today with Eric's aunt, Mandy, and Mandy's partner, Josie. Josie is from Alaska and had an ACD (Basher) and an ACD mix (Trance), and apparently all 3 had missed the "wilderness," so we took them out to Southeastway Park, along with Mandy and Josie's shepherd mix puppy, Goose. The dogs had a blast. There's a creek down a trail that was secluded enough to let all but baby Goose off-lead, and they had so much fun splashing through the water and zooming over logs and through trees. Basher found an invisible herd of sheep (??) in the water and spent a long while barking/biting/herding the creek, which was pretty entertaining. Violet splashed/leapt/semi-swam across the creek in a fit of zoomies, and got stuck there with no idea how to get back. Piper the mer-dog had to go get her. Piper was entirely at home in the water, as usual. We made plans to pencil in an Eagle Creek dog-excursion next weekend. I hate that winter is getting so close. I don't know what we're going to do to keep the crazies at bay when there's snow, but maybe our Alaskan friend will have some ideas.
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