I got to go to the doggie park! My stitches are healed and I'm so ready to play. I now can run and jump and twirl. Mom took me on Tuesday, but yesterday they couldn't take me because of some cement floor work at the park. Mom is trying to keep me busy out of the house because of construction at home too. So yesterday she took me to a trail park and I even got to play in the creek. We walked past a family having a picture session on the bridge.  It was a small space and the photographer kept making funny noises to make the babies smile, but I walked past without jumping. I wanted to sniff everything on the trail and mom kept stopping when I pulled, but she noticed I was much calmer and walked with a loose leash when we turned around and followed the familiar  path to the car.  Today I got to play at the dog park again. I have more energy than the rest of the dogs there, but am learning about how older dogs need breaks and rests. Right now I'm zonked from all the running about. ZZZZZzzzzzz
 
Mom has been taking me for walks everyday. She ties the leash around her waist and carries some super yummy treats. When I pull she stops. When I walk beside and look at her she clicks and gives me a treat! We went to two different parks, our neighborhood streets and even into the woods behind our house. This morning when we went to the bus stop, she didn't have treats but I walked nicely and looked up at her several times. She kept telling me what a good boy I am, but maybe next time she will have a yummy treat!
 
Last night the whole family got busy and ready to go out. They let me come too! There was a concert and mini-festival at a local shopping center. The stores had tables with food, merchandise, balloons and coupons. Enticing smells filled the air. Music blared from under a tent covered stage and people sat at tables by the food wagons. Little girl and I stayed on the sidewalk with mom so the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers band show wasn't so loud on our ears. My family greeted neighbors and friends from school and they said I was a perfect pup. Little girl even shook hands with people in costumes: a Tyson Chicken, A Keebler elf and a Lucky Charms leprechaun.  We only stayed about 20 minutes, but it sure was exciting!
 
Mom took me out in the yard with a 16 foot leash tied around her waist. She clicked and treated me when I walked right beside her and looked up at her. This worked great in the front yard. However, when she went into the back yard, I saw some squirrels and pretty much dragged her into the buckthorn thicket. Ooops. I forget how strong I am sometimes. Mom didn't yell at me, but she had a hard time getting me out of the back yard. She finished on a high note by walking around the driveway for a few more reinforcing clicks.  Whew. That was a work-out.  For mom!  :)
 
Each evening, Mom takes me for a walk right before she goes to her den upstairs. It has been getting dark earlier and earlier now.  This path has a light near the street. At first I woofed at my shadow, but I quickly figured out it does what I do. Mom thought it was very funny.
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Woof! Who are you?
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I'm a giraffe dog!
 
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Fountain Walk in Duluth.
Mom discovered I love to walk on paths. This path went right through a fountain.  Watch me go!
 
On the second day at Duluth we went to a state park called Gooseberry Falls. We had a picnic lunch and then went to play in the river. I've never seen such a thing before!  My pack carries leashes and a water bottle. I thought this place was really cool. Mom puts me on a long leash when I get to play and puts my pack on when we go onto the paths.
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Gooseberry Falls state park
Mom let me explore the river while Dad tried to keep up with the girls. The water was cold but fun to explore. 
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The girls and me playing in the river.
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Oh, oh, what is over here?
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Slurp...that tastes good!
 
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Mom got me a really cool backpack to wear. She says I can carry my own water bottle and leashes when we go out to the parks. I feel pretty important when I wear my pack and like having a job to do. Look at how handsome I am!
 
Trainer lady talks about making sure I get time to be a dog. She says walks down the street exercise  the people but dogs prefer to explore, sniff and look around and I need this to get socialized. So she wants mom to take me to parks on a long leash and let me check things out at my own pace. Mom has taken me to five different parks and I wander in circles, find out who else has been there, taste a few plants and stuff (they actually don't taste good so I spit them out) and she follows me with a big orange rope. She doesn't make me do anything while I explore the world.  Yea! I love being a dog!
 
One of my jobs is to walk to the bus stop with little girl. Mom has me wait next to her and "park", which means sit or lay down calmly. Little girl is transitioning from the special ed bus to the regular bus so I'm never sure which one she gets on. When I go to the big bus stop there is lots of other kids. I want to jump and play with them but mom doesn't let me. She holds my collar and says she is a tree. When the bus brings little girl home I am learning to sit quietly while they pet me. At first they threw a little kibble on the ground when they walked up, but now I just get a pet for sitting nicely. Then we all walk home.