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In my last post, I told you about the rough time we had when the vet thought I had cancer in my leg AND Mom got a head injury. I forgot to tell you about one of the things Mom did to cheer us both up. 

Mom grew up around boats and said she learned how to “anchor forward” when in a rough storm. She would throw the anchor off of the front of the boat (bow) and then use a winch to pull the boat forward instead of letting the winds and current carry her where she didn’t want to go. At least she was moving forward, even if really slowly.

With that in mind, she bought a new special backpack to use on our future hikes together. This one would be better for carrying my jackets, boots, water, and stuff. And my snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. I’ve learned to refuse to walk until Mom gives me snacks to get going again. I also make her pay me (more snacks) to stand still for photos. Anyhow, she got this new backpack as a way of anchoring forward and not staying discouraged. I watched her pack it so it was ready to go, including my toys and snacks. She put it where we’d both see it as a reminder.

Finally we took the new backpack on it’s maiden voyage on a hike to a waterfall. We had to hike through a deep canyon for 100 miles I think, just to get to the falls. Well, when you’re closer to the ground as dogs are, the earth seems to flatten out and stretch to get bigger. Or something like that.

Come on, Mom! Carry my snacks a little faster, ok?

Waterfall trail 

We passed little waterfalls on the way to the big one.

Behr by creek

Can you tell I’m hot? We had to cross the creek 9 times on the way to the waterfall, and got soaking wet. That was fun 🙂

After a while, I started to feel a little sick. You can tell in this photo that I was feeling light headed (see the light on my head?).

Behr by creek framed

Seriously though, I was getting really sick. Mom has pictures of me being really sick, but I won’t let her post them. Too embarrassing. 

We FINALLY made it to the waterfall way up in the mountains. How pretty! Even tho I was still a little sick, I let Mom take a picture of me with the falls.

Behr by waterfall framed

The falls are a 40 foot drop, but somehow I look pretty big in the photo. I’m not really 10 feet tall. And I’m not happy about standing still for pictures.

Another photo of the falls (without me)

  Waterfall framed

I’m glad Mom explained anchoring forward and picked something to look forward to. Mom struggled to recover, but she did, even if it seemed slow. I waited for her though, and looked forward to more snacks hikes and more fun times with her. We’ve been hiking together now for 11 years and 7 months. Yay team Behr Behr!! Still going strong!

♥♥ Love, Behr Behr, the 10 foot tall Dane (yeah right…)

P.S. – Happy Mother’s Day, Mom 🙂

 

Q. – Dear Behr Behr, how do I get my mom/dad to notice me and do fun things with me again? signed, bored puppy.

 

A. – Dear Bored puppy, unfortunately, moms and dads have a problem called AOADD (adult onset attention deficit disorder). What happens is that their minds can’t focus on simple things all day like ours can. We pick the few things that are really important to us and focus on them, like food, play, kisses, naps, and walkies. Sadly, they often lose the ability to do that. Their minds think about a million silly, unimportant things like groceries, bills, work, cleaning, errands, etc., etc. None of those are fun or healthy. You have to help them out by reminding them to get outside and play, for example, or they will never think of it. It will be good for them, and you’ll have fun in the process.

 

I suggest you just put your cute, smiling face everywhere they usually go while they are doing the unimportant, boring things. sandwich-boardIt will make them feel guilty, and they will find fun places to go with you. wantedIt works for me.

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Today Mom and Dad took me for a really fun walkie!! I got to meet a horse up close, Isniffing-horse

saw a tiger who still had his bow on from his parent’s tree game, tiger-2and a yard I wish I could run in.nice-yard

Then I was walking on a country road that had a drainage hole of some sort, skunk1and my nose said to go check it out. Mom and Dad would have never bothered because their AOADD was causing them to look all over the place a boring things like houses and trees and stuff. skunk3

 

This little guy was taking a nap, probably waiting for his mom to come home and take him for a walkie. He was a cute little puppy with stripes, and Mom and Dad said his name was “Skunk”. Wow, that’s a weird name for a puppy! They wouldn’t even let me play with him, either. I thought they were being mean.

 

Great day for a walkie, and we all had lots of fun for sure. You’ll have to try it on your mom/dad and let me know how it works for you. Remember, you’ll be doing them a favor.

 

♥ Behr Behr, advice columnist to puppies. 🙂

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