Wilma Wednesday 1: Trails

Wilma, JPL, NASA, Hahamongna

I haven’t been walking much lately because I had foot surgery a couple of weeks ago. But Wilma still gets two walks a day—


“Please don’t interrupt, Wilma.”


—thanks to John. He’s been doing everything that requires walking, standing, or driving. Thanks to him, I’m healing just fine.

I’m more than grateful, but I can’t wait to be out walking again. I especially want to practice with Wilma on the trails. She knows all about sidewalks, but her hiking skills are limited. We don’t take her much because she can be, uh, rude to other dogs.

Here’s a photo of Wilma taking in the scents at Hahamongna Watershed Park, with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in the background. We’ve gone a few times when it’s not busy. It’s a victory for us to walk there peacefully, and she liked the park. “Didn’t you, Wilma?”

“Yes. When are we going back?”

“As soon as we can. What did you think of the Jet Propulsion Lab?”

“I…the what?” She cocks her chin sideways.

“Never mind. Did you like the dogs you met?”


You see we need practice. The more exposure Wilma has to other dogs, the more comfortable with them she’ll be.

“No way.”

“Come on, Wilma, it’s worth a try.”

“Nope.” She lies down on her bed, turning her back to me.

“Don’t you want a doggy friend?”

“A doggy what?”

We’ve come a long way, yet clearly we still have work to do.

#Hahamongna#Johnson Field#JPL#NASA#Wilma#Wilma Wednesday#WilmaDialogs


  1. Jilly Bennett - October 12, 2016 @ 09:46

    Wonderful! I will be following Wilma’s adventures with interest. Tell her ‘woof’ and that she has a fan in the south of France. Ah no, on reflection, forget the ‘woof’ – I forgot she speaks people-talk …

    • Petrea - October 12, 2016 @ 10:19

      She knows “woof,” too! She’s bilingual. But I speak dog with a pretty strong accent, so I’ll tell her in people talk!

  2. Lowell - October 12, 2016 @ 10:43

    Very funny. Wilma has a mind of her own and knows what she wants (and doesn’t want!)

    Sorry about your surgery but it’s good to know that you are healing and will soon be hiking the trails with Wilma securely tethered to a leash! 🙂 How does she respond to treats (if she’s being good, or course!)?

    • Petrea - October 12, 2016 @ 12:00

      She’s very food-oriented, Lowell. When we discovered that, we discovered a new dog. She will do just about anything for a treat, and when I’ve got treats in my pocket I’ve got an obedient dog at the end of the leash!

  3. chris - October 12, 2016 @ 10:54

    Love it!… By the look on her face, she looks pooped…Don’t u know u have a queen there.. The friends u want her to have, she probably thinks of as her subjects…. She’s a smart girl.. You go, Wilma, train those two humans, they’ll catch on…. 🙂

    • Petrea - October 12, 2016 @ 12:00

      She’s definitely teaching us!

  4. TheChieftess - October 12, 2016 @ 12:59

    Awww Wilma!!! One of these days we’ll have to arrange to meet surreptitiously on the hike… Kelly would be happy to help Wilma practice meeting other doggies!!!

    • Petrea - October 12, 2016 @ 13:22

      Kelly and Wilma would make a good pair. We’ll start with a careful introduction!

  5. William Kendall - October 12, 2016 @ 14:16

    What a sweetie.

    • Petrea - October 12, 2016 @ 17:05

      That she is.

  6. John Sandel - October 12, 2016 @ 19:48

    Chris totally gets Wilma.

  7. Shelley - October 15, 2016 @ 22:11

    Heh heh ! She’s a woman who knows her mind.

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