As part of her pre-hiking, pre-camping test trials, we introduced Nia to Hurricane Creek Park today to see if she was going to be able to negotiate a trail and keep pace with the pack. Looks like our concerned were unfounded. After the first mile she was stopping on the path to look back and make gruff barks of "hurry up" and spent most of the hike backtracking to make sure that everybody was staying together. She's apparently part monkey-herder.
At one point, while crossing a foot-bridge, she decided that bridges were for cats and tried to wade across the creek. The water was quickly over her head but she managed to swim along until the current sucked her along and under the bridge. Our girl kept her cool and scrambled atop a rock to await rescue. That answers one question- she can indeed swim.
The land manager's cat was interested in Nia, but not enough to approach or leave its perch.
We couldn't be much happier with our pup's performance on the trail. It will take a longer hike to see what she's really made of, but for a first time out she did remarkably well.
Speaking of doing remarkably well... look who finally got up on the climbing wall! Esther showed a surprising amount of knack for wall-crawling and I was very pleased.
|Monkey-See and Monkey-Do|
Chan was also on the wall (as was I) but she had no objections to volunteering for snuggle buddy with one very sleepy pup.