We Hike For Awards!

Ha, I bet you wonder what that’s all about? To start, I’ve been honored, and I mean honored, to be the recipient of several awards in the past week. Eddie and Cassie over at What Dogs Do awarded us with an Inspiration Award! Thank you, guys, for thinking I’m an inspiration! I wonder if they have mud in the UK? I’m on it, guys! I’m suppose to pass this on to other bloggers and let me tell you, you ALL inspire me! But my biggest inspiration is my Toby, Sir Pantsalot of the Round Bowl. He’s been practicing a lot with his sword this week. The special vet went to a conference this week to pick up the magic powder he’s going to sprinkle on Toby’s sword. He said the fight will begin next week and wants to be nearby in case Sir Pantsalot needs some help. I told him I’d help sharpen his sword or carry his armor or do anything to help him, ’cause he’s my inspiration. I know he’s going to win, I just know it. And, all of you bloggers out there, please know that you inspire me a lot too. That’s what keeps us going!

Miss Stella over at Just Ramblin’ awarded me with a Genuine Blogger Award. And there are no rules or blogs to forward this to or anything! I was so happy that if there was a mud puddle nearby, I’d dive in–except they’re all drying up…… So, I’ll just say thanks to Miss Stella for thinking of me. THANKS MISS STELLA!!Then, would you believe it, Oscar  sent me the Versatile Blogger Award. I try to be versatile, but there’s only so many mud-puddles. Trust me, if there’s one around, I’ll find it–just ask Mom.  Oscar, you are the BEST!


After all that heady stuff, Mom and I went for a long hike at Powell Butte with my friends Caly and Tucker. Toby didn’t go–Mom said it was getting a bit warm and we were going to be gone for a while. He needs to conserve his energy for the big battle.

Remember, we’ve been to Powell Butte before, but Caly’s Mom knew all the best trails. We stayed mainly in the forest–I love running up and down all those hills. Of course, I had to be on-leash part of the time (you know, rules…..).But I had time to show you some of the neat scenics (as my friend Shawnee would say). Here’s a hollowed out tree stump. Pretty big, huh? I was doing my best sit/stay. Mom says I have to focus. Focus pocus, that’s what I say.I practiced my agility and jumped up on this big moss-covered rock. Don’t you think I look like an explorer–looking for the next trail? Check out my feet–see the mud? I found some even here!
Caly and I waited on this fallen tree trunk for water. We were pretty parched! Mom, you need to bring LOTS of water. Don’t you know anything?How do you like this boulder? I don’t think I’d like it rolling down on me! I just decided to look pretty here (and practice focus stuff. (Gee, Mom. You’re no fun.))At the very end of our hike, we met a man who was taking pictures of this butterfly. He said it was rare and only lives on thistle. If I had to live on thistle, I’d be rare too! OUCH. And, guess what, we saw several of them, so we stopped and watch them flit around. One even landed on Mom’s head! He told us what it was called (sounded like satyrangua), but Mom couldn’t find it on the Internet. She found a Comma Butterfly that’s rare and looks like this one, but we aren’t butterfly experts. So, here it is to enjoy, whatever it’s called…..

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18 thoughts on “We Hike For Awards!

  1. Congratulations on all of your awards! You deserve them. And we’ll send out an extra set of Paw Prayers for Toby and hope all goes well. What a great walk you had and love the butterfly. Beautiful.


  2. Love your hike photos, Sage! I read your first post about Powell Butte and last weekend I took Mason there for the first time. We went on the overland loop, I think it was called, and while the wooded area you just visited definitely looks more awesome, Mason did get to see a horse up close on the trail. I think it was his first because he was totally mesmerized!

    Having been lucky enough to meet Toby is dog person I can understand why he’s your biggest inspiration. He is one cool Sir and I will most definitely hope the enemy is quieted easily.

    Hope you all enjoyed the sunshine today and that you find lots of fun this weekend!
    -Chandra at Daley’s Dog Years


  3. Hi Sage, we do have mud in the UK but not at the moment on account of the dry weather we’re having. I think the awards are well deserved. I like the picture of you standing on the log checking out the trail, you look like a wolf!


  4. You are such a great looking dog. Your outside adventures remind me of Torrey when she is out on our hikes. Up and over, under and through. She has a blast. Congrats on your awards too.


  5. Congrats on your awards Sage. It looks like from the pictures you and Mom had a real good time.
    We have seen that butterfly years ago but not in a while!! Have a good week-end friend, Fern


  6. Sage – it’s great to get out in nature, isn’t it! You never know what you’ll find (but in Georgia where we live, it might be a snake!). Congrats on the awards!

    Great to hear how much you appreciated the obedience training for your puppy. We’d all be happier dog owners if we just invested a little bit of time. Dropping by on the blog hop today.That’s what the world needs today – another talking cat – but it’s cute! Stop by my blog http://www.pet-peeves.org to see a cat say “Let me in” at his owner’s window.


  7. Good hike, pups!! Looks like our kind of place and what a cool butterfly. Never seen one of those before!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

    Congrats on your awards, what a collection, well deserved!


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