Nature’s Agility Course

Mom has taken me to agility lessons for the past 4 years and, let me tell you, I love, love, love it! And nature offers so many opportunities to practice:

JumpingA leapThe landingLeaping into trees (hmmm…sorta like the Table or A-Frame)Jumping into treesOr parts of trees 😀Leaping on TableWalking on logs (aka the Dog Walk)walking the logI do a lot of that—in any weather!In a fogOr going through tunnelsTunnel?Well, maybe not this one….

These are just a few of the obstacles I’ve found. What about you?

Here’s What’s Been Happenin’

As you know, I’ve been amongst the missing the past couple of weeks. BUT, Mom and I are going to work really hard at letting you know what we’ve doing.  And come see everyone.

First there was Christmas. Guarding the stockings

We had a house full of peeps–even little PopStar was here. Mom put me in charge of guarding the stockings on that all important day. It’s a serious job…someone’s gotta do it. Right? And I didn’t even peek!!

The PopStar and I had a lot of fun. I found she likes mud puddles almost as much as I do!Poppy & SageShe doesn’t go to the extremes that I do, though. Take today, for example. We’ve been in a deep-freeze for the last week (all I got was a few measly walks each day). So, today was the day! It was a balmy 39° F (4° C). Off we went to 1000 Acres. There was all this hard stuff on top of the water, but…Sage (that’s me) to the rescue. I struck water!!Where's the water? Later on down the path, someone had already cleared off that hard stuff. Into the icy puddle

Well, mostly.

It was a fun trip, but I couldn’t tell you about it all at once. So, come back!!

Monday Mischief-Brrr or Burr??

It’s been cold here. Not like the rest of this country, but we got our share! Even so, we ventured out to my favorite running spot–1000 Acres! And what did I find?

Big CATA big ol’ earth mover thingee!

Walking the treads

Please, please, please Santa. I want one!

Wow, I bet that thing can dig a ginormous hole. 😉

But, then, when I looked for a hole (hoping to find some water/mud) Windy day

what did I find?Where's the mud?Hard water!! What’s up with that???

Oh, and take a look at my tailMy tailSee? It’s all pointy – not all fluffy like when I was on that ol’ earth mover thingee.

Well, as luck would have it, I ran into these…800px-BurrsAnd they aren’t easy to get out. Mom holds my fur back and I pull with my teeth. Let me tell you…she’s not allowed to pull them. No way!

And, I ended up with this.A bath


I asked Mom what this voting thing was all about. She said it’s our right to vote for the person or issue that will be the best for us and our country. And many bi-peds did just that yesterday–voted, that is. That sounded good, so I decided I should run for something. You know I love balls and mud and water and a whole bunch of stuff like that. So that’s my platform: More balls, mud and water.  And I voted!Sage's ballot

After all the votes were tallied, I WON.

Um, I guess I should say there was only one vote–mine! :D

So, I will do my best to fulfill my promises so I can run again. And again. And again.Play ball!IMG_8889This voting thing is fun!!

Hiking to Triple Falls

Hikes in the Columbia Gorge are some of the best, so Mr. N and I took advantage of cooler, drier weather and set off to Triple Falls.  But first a stop at 1000 Acres for a bit of water play.River playSince our ultimate destination was near Multnomah Falls, a stop at the Lodge for a bite of lunch was in order (we got a treat or two while the Moms ate). And, of course, we had to have a photo-op at the falls! We were on our best behavior and some of the tourists were ooohing and ahhing over us. :D Multnomah Falls

Then off to the trailhead. Our hike has finally begun!Triple Falls trailhead

This was one of the rockiest trails we’ve been on–I’m sure glad I have the footing of a goat! Mom had to pick her way over those rocks so she didn’t damage her knee again.A rocky trailThen we came to a washed out section of the trail that included these rather steep log steps. Coming back down, I was very careful to stay with Mom and not try to race down the steps. Some other hikers coming behind us said I was a very good dog. log stepsWe finally reached our destination–well worth the climb (elevation gain of 762 feet)!

Sage & Mr. N on the trail

So, what do you want to do next, Mr. N?