Luke got out for his first snowshoe with me yesterday! We had been down in the woods this winter, but that was before we had all this snow. Because Luke can be timid, I was concerned that he might be afraid of the snowshoes clomping along behind him, but he didn’t even seem to notice.
I didn’t get out snowshoeing much last winter. Our late beagle Kobi was my frequent snowshoe partner, and it got to where he couldn’t do it anymore, plus we didn’t have much snow anyway. Luke reminded me so much of Kobi out there. His DNA may say he doesn’t have beagle in him, but I think he’s a beagle at heart.
There was a lot of sniffing….remember I mentioned the deer have been around….
….and a lot of checking out of holes.
We won’t talk about the deer poop that might have been consumed. We practiced “leave it” and “here” a lot, but since I wasn’t planning ahead of time to do this, I forgot to bring treats with me for a distraction. All in all, Luke is better trained and listens better than Kobi used to though.
In the photo below he hears or sees something. He’s either watching a bird, or he can hear his foolish sisters back at our house barking!
Luke was good at not wrapping himself around trees, though I did get the leash tangled with my ski pole one time, and almost walked into a branch while watching him instead of where I was going. Just like Kobi, he pulled me when going downhill, but at least never made me lose my balance.
We didn’t go far or stay out long. The snow is still soft and deep, especially if you step out of the trail like he did when sniffing. I wanted to be sure it wasn’t too hard on his knees, and he seemed fine as far as that goes, so next time we’ll go out longer.
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Cara from Barkocity says
This looks like you guys had a blast! Great way to spend some quality time with your dog. I’m sure he appreciated it and took a nice peaceful nap when you were finished! Isn’t it such a great feeling to know you’ve given your dog their exercise for the day, and now they’re resting peacefully? To me, it’s one of the best! 🙂
Oh, you’re so right, it does feel great! The only trick is to wear him out without wearing myself out, so I can get some stuff done while he’s napping! He’s still just young enough to be demanding for attention sometimes. 🙂
Looks like Luke had a wonderful winter wonderland adventure,,,except, of course for the inter-species dining experience.
That might have been his favorite part, but definitely not mine. 🙂
Such fun! Deer poop is a delicacy, you know!
Luke sure seemed to think so! 🙂
Bev Green says
So fun for you both! and the pics were great..i have the roo poo battle here..with Forrest not Doc..i am often heard saying “when i said did you want a poo Forrest i meant to do one not eat one urghh” i love how Luke is sitting ..it’s the leg out of a knee op doggie ..Doc sits the same way..even years after his op 🙂 hugs Bev xxx
Thank you! I guess any kind of wildlife poo goes! 🙂
Luke always seems to sit with his knee out like that, and I’ve figured that it’s because of his knee issues. It sounds like he might continue to do that even if we end up having the surgery then! What kind of surgery did Doc have….was it because of an injury? Thx, Bev xxoo
Tenacious Little Terrier says
What a fun outing! If I took Mr. N snowshoeing, he’d need his own pair lol.
LOL….maybe they should make snowshoes for dogs?
Snowshoeing is one of my favorite things to do with my dog in winter! Looks like you guys had a blast 😀
We sure did! I wish we’d gotten a chance to go on a bigger adventure this year, but the weather has been so crazy this winter, it just hasn’t worked out. But we’re lucky to have a place to go right at home too!
Dolly the Doxie says
That looks like so much fun and that Luke did really well! I love deer poo had a good roll in it myself the other day! Love Dolly
Oh boy, I bet your Lady wasn’t too happy about that, Dolly! Luke did not try to roll in it….this time anyway.
Having a partner to do things we enjoy with is awesome. I’m glad he did so well and he can only get better the more you do it.
Deer poop, I’d much rather Delilah eat deer poop than the stuff she eats. 😀
He loves his one on one time with me too. But I do plan to take the girls as well, as soon as it gets warmer again, and if the snow lasts.
It’s a pretty low threshold when deer poop is at the top of it, but I know what you’re saying. 🙂
It sure was!
The Island Cats says
Luke sure was having a good time!
There was no shortage of holes and snow to stick his nose in!
Sand spring chesapeakes says
What a great walk.
It sure was!
We love snowshoeing with the dogs! Great exercise all around! Is your snow still hanging on? We have lost a fair bit over the last couple of days.
It’s been warmer, so we’ve lost quite a bit. But we had a lot, so we still have quite a bit left too! There’s also a storm coming this weekend so we may get a few more inches.
That looks fun!
It sure is! I hope we get to do some more before the snow all melts (we have more snow coming this weekend, so I’m probably safe there).
Ann Staub says
Good job Luke! I’ve definitely never done any snowshoeing but it seems like it would probably be a good workout!
I imagine not many people own snowshoes down there in Texas. 🙂
It is a good workout, and it’s always pretty being out in the winter woods.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Sounds like fun, and is probably a wonderful way to exercise!
It’s not often that the words “fun” and “exercise” go together for me, but in this case they do!
Talent Hounds says
It’s such a great workout.
It really is, and I definitely needed it!
I bet he loved it and what great exercise!
He did, and it was great exercise for both of us!
easy rider says
that’s a little like discovering the world like that christopher columbus, it’s great to be the first one and the only one on this planet for a while …oh and the deer-bonbons are great too :o)
Luke seemed especially fond of the deer bon bons as well. 🙂
It really is wonderful being out there with no one else but the birds around.
Jessica Claudio, DVM says
What a fun adventure! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for coming by!
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
Oh that sounds like loads of fun!
I have never ever gone snow shoeing, although I want to now after reading this! Although, I think I may be better off with a pair of skis while walking the huskies! hahaha
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It is a lot of fun. There are times even with these dogs that I think skis would work! Have you ever heard of skijoring? That is an actual sport where your dog pulls you on skis!
That looks like so much fun!
It is, and it’s one of the things that makes winter bearable for me!
Golden Daily Scoop says
Great job, Luke! Looks like you had a great time! 🙂
He sure did! Hopefully he can get out there again, and the girls can too, before we lose all of our snow!
Pam and Sam says
Luke looks quite happy to be out in the snow! That’s great……nice to have a companion for those snowshoeing trips!
I probably wouldn’t get out there much at all, if I couldn’t take the dogs for company!
2 Brown Dawgs says
Storm would love some of that deer poo action! lol Looks like you had a wonderful outing.
There was no shortage of the deer poo out there, that’s for sure! We had a really nice walk.
One of our friends loves to go snow shoeing with her dog. This year we didn’t have enough snow to do much with, but it is fun and a good workout.
It’s so nice to be able to go down in the woods, and stay off of the messy roads. We were lucky to get enough snow for it this year, though it’s melting now!