We've been out in Prince Edward County the last few days. It was Simone's first time there and we were all excited she would get to spend a few days in the fresh air, open spaces and quiet. All the dogs who have gone out there have loved it, some more than others, sure, but no complaints.
Smitten is in love with the County. When we're there, she never wants to come back inside. We call her in but she just stands in place trying to decide if maybe she should just run away into the woods and forget about regular meals and a roof over her head. She loves the cold, the snow, the fields, the scents. We were out on the property and she chased a big rabbit into the bush and we were afraid she'd get lost so we yelled at her and made a commotion but she mainly stuck around and eventually came back. I'm thinking about getting a GPS tracking device to put on her collar.
Simone, on the other hand, didn't like the country much at all. Ground was too wet, generally too cold outside, too dark at night. Everything was kind of scary. On the days it snowed, she'd only walk a few minutes away from the house we were staying at and then stop and want to head back. The first time I let her off the leash, she went berserkers and started tearing around like a lunatic - I'd never seen her run so fast - and I thought she was really enjoying herself but then I realized she was just anxious and didn't know what to do. She ended up standing in front of the door waiting to get back inside.
On one short hike, Simone walked into some rose bushes and a thorn poked her in her nose and she started to bleed. She looked quite pathetic staring up at me with her big buggy eyes, not knowing how to get around the nasty plant, blood dripping from her nose. I thought she was going to cry.
Over the next few days, Simone got more comfortable outdoors but she still wasn't thrilled about the idea of going out for walks, especially at night. She didn't like that at all, walking around in near total darkness (it was cloudy so no moon). Her trepidation rubbed off on me and when a tree creaked, she'd jump and then I'd jump and then we'd both be heading back for the security of the porch light.
We're going to have to toughen her up.
I'll be posting up some recent photos of the Prince Edward County area at the PECE blog over the next few days.