Of COURSE the first big snow storm we have started the middle of the week before we were scheduled to drive to Bozeman to get Cricket into some puppy class situations. My good friend and trainer down there (who has been involved in almost all my dogs training over the past 20 years) allowed me to sign up the puppy for her Sunday morning class at her farm - yup - outside....in the snow.....and the cold (it wasn't that cold but you'll see Cricket in some of her winter best).
Thankfully my friend came along (always good to have someone ride shotgun when the roads are iffy) and she got some photos of class for me!
It was her first time in booties and in a coat and she did well. As with her experience the weekend before downtown, it took her about 15-20 minutes to realize that this wasn't all that scary and no other dogs were coming near her and her focus kicked in (the 15 minutes of treats helped too). She works really well on stations (at home too) and did spin, twist, puppy pushups, some heeling work (that's still in progress) and bow. I also want to work on the Viking arm hold as well but we aren't there yet. She still puked up breakfast on the way down and I'm still convinced some of that is stress from getting in the car to go, since after she's been somewhere (and is tired out more) it isn't an issue, even with all the cookies she got at training. That reminds me I need to get that puke towel out of the back of the truck!
We stopped for McDonalds for lunch and since Epic was with us decided to stop at Headwaters State Park on the way home for a short walk at the campground and let the two dogs get some fresh air and exercise. It was chilly but they had such a great time and the weather was stellar. Also a new stop for my friend who had never been there before.
After we all got some air, wanted to run down to the next pull off and a bit closer to one of the rivers. Now there are signs all over the campground we walked about watching out for moose but in all my trips down to the area have never seen any....but the type of surroundings would make sense. No longer, as we pulled out to head home and saw this cow and calf! Made the cherry on top of the day!
As usual I didn't have the big telephoto camera so the little one had to do! I think this must have been my "year of the moose sightings".
The roads coming home were almost worse because it got warm and slushy but am hoping the week ahead will clear up all the roads (especially the craptastic ones in town)!