Saturday, August 01, 2009

Beat the Heat

Today it was *only* in the 90s. Basically, winter is here - compared to earlier this week. It's still too darn hot for my taste (and mama is not exactly a sun-goddess) so when I'm due a nice, long walkie and it's scorchingly hot where to go?

Well, first things first. It's Saturday morning. That means BAGELS.

Mama and I head to Kettleman's Bagels in the NW. As long as we get here early enough, we always get a table. Which is important because I must sit for my bagel!

See that sweet bit of pumpernickel goodness? Chomp Chomp Chomp

I see it as energy for a long walkie, mama just likes pumpernickel bagels. So we're both happy.

I suggested that we take our long walkie of the day in the morning, to take advantage of the milder temperature. Mama agreed. And so for a long walkie, you cannot beat some time in Forest Park.

Come on mama, the sooner we get inside the sooner you get out of that sun!

Just follow the fuzzy butt. I know where I'm going.

The coolness of the shade trees, and walking next to a running stream make this a very, very nice walkie. Sure I have to be careful of the rocks on the trails and other dogs that make me grumpy, but that's a fair trade.

And look - salad bar!

I was convinced that this was the stick I've been looking for all of my life. The entire thing, not just a piece. I am very devoted to stick collection - in fact I consider myself a connoisseur of stickage - and thought that this was the big kahuna. Until I realized that I couldn't move it, much less pick it up in my mighty jaw and carry it home. Oh well, it will be there and I can try next time...

Then it was time for a cool, refreshing dip in the stream. I've never attempted this before, even when it was hotter. Mama was surprised as I headed toward the water, but I was determined.

Dad, you'd be PROUD of me - I know that you tried to teach me to swim and it hasn't been my favorite thing in the whole world - this time was different. I went in by myself and walked around, getting the paws soaked. And it felt good!

A little more salad for the walkie home...

Time to rest now... 4 hours of walking so I have to rest the toes so I can be ready for my next walkie tonight! Gotta keep mama in shape and all...




Coco - The Princess said...

My mommy LOVED going for walks and hikes in Oregon. She says that it is beautiful and that even the freeways are beautiful. Judging from the photos of your walks she is right!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco The Princess

Noah the Airedale said...

Four hours of walking.....crikey mate, I'd be exhausted. That sure is a healthy walk. My interest in streams is about as much as yours. Nice to get the paws wet, maybe the belly but that's about it.
Good idea getting out and about early before it gets really hot.


Maggie and Mitch said...

You look like you found a cool spot, Bogie! That stream must feel good on your tootsies!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mango said...

That sure was a big walk for such a hot day. Good thing you found that spa in the woods with the open salad bar and whirlpool.


Wimsey said...

The morning cooler walks are some of the best! And the stream and salad bar look quite inviting. Hope it stays cooler for you this week.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Bogart!
Sure you had a pawesome morning with your mom! And a very long walkie!
I am sure you felt your paws very fresh!
Kisses and hugs

Anonymous said...

Wow Bogart,

You sure do go on exciting walkies and really long ones too. But you are a really BIG guy.

I love bagels too!

Hugs, Tessa

Lynne said...

Love the video!

Inky and Molly said...

4hrs is a proud achievement. How did the Pinkie cope? I (inky) would have been rolling in that creek...See body of water- must go in!!

erin said...

You are having some freaky weather out there! We've been watching it on the news. Where we live, it's been a very mild summer. Only 7 days in the 80's all through July. We dig it since we don't like hot weather at all. We still do our walk in the early morning when it is the coolest because Keeley even thinks that 70 degrees is too hot.
Keeley & Teagan

Southbay Girl said...

When it gets really hot, sometimes it's really nice to get your paws wet and cool!! Mom has told me it's been SUPER hot up in the MW-almost as hot as here in So Cal! Mom doesn't like the sun either! So we hide when it's super hot outside!!



Hollie and Janie said...

OMG! You must be exhausted! I'm exhausted just reading about your long walk!!