October 12, 2016 by Petrea
Wilma Wednesday 1: Trails
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.
“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.