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Daddy Daughter Day

With Jess out of town for a few days, I have been in single parent mode. And I have to admit, it has been more challenging than I expected. I’m used to having some bachelor time with Foster the cat when Jess takes off on business. That typically consists of some play time followed by a whole lot of staying out of each other’s way. But keeping a puppy entertained and out of trouble… all… day… long… with no relief? Well, that is a whole different ball game, one that has not been nearly as easy as I thought it would be.

Hats off to our friends who have human children.

The last two days have been full of chasing balls in the yard, potty breaks, cleaning up garbage, and separating dog-cat battles. Luckily, they have also been full of hiking.

Here is Willa Jean on the top of Owl’s Head Mountain in Keene, NY.

We didn’t get up there till later in the day, but because of that we were able to catch some amazing views as the sun began to set.

Willa Jean seems to have grown to genuinely enjoy hitting the trails with us (as opposed to going to the lakes with us, which, much to our dismay, she seems to hate) – that these hikes also tire her out, making for a more peaceful evening, is just icing on the cake.

Here is Willa hanging out at one of the overlooks on Pitchoff East in Keene, NY.

And here she is enjoying a snack near the same overlook.

Hiking with a dog can be incredibly enjoyable. With Willa Jean however, it can also be incredibly slow going. Part of this is because she is still a puppy, and is learning how to maneuver her way around rocks and sticks on the trail… and part of this is because every one of those rock and sticks is a potential toy.

And here we are about another 15 feet down the trail.

I’m not sure what adventure tomorrow will bring us – maybe a hike into Marcy Dam, or up Mt. Jo, or maybe up Baxter Mt. Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure we’ll have a blast… and maybe, just maybe, if we get back at a decent hour I can start in on those chores I promised Jess I would take care of. If not, I’m thinking blaming it on the puppy is a safe strategy.


  1. hideawayhill

    Willa is such a cutie! I love taking my dogs with me whether a hike or a drive to town. The joy in their eyes and wiggling bodies warms my heart. They just want to be with me. I’m sure it’s the same with Willa. Enjoy every moment; it goes oh so fast.

    • Dave

      Ha! I love the wiggling too. It is like they are so happy to see you that they just need to move every muscle all at once.

      We are doing everything we can to enjoy this time with her, and are – even now, after only a few months – becoming aware of how fast it is going by. Yesterday we looked back at photos from the day we brought her home (only 3 months ago) and she has grown up sooooo much already.

  2. Leah

    Definitely – tell her how cute WJ was when you did xyz and Jess will totally not notice the house is a mess…works on me every time!!

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