Saturday, July 12, 2008

Little Big Dog

It's no secret that many of the people visiting my blog are just looking at Scout's puppy pictures. Who am I to deny them? Here are four more, two from in front of our house a couple of days ago and two from this morning's Tabeguache hike. Don't forget that you can click the images for full-size views.

Scout the Golden Retriever in the front yardThis one could be Scout's official puppy portrait. He is almost eleven weeks old now and starting to look more like a small dog than a big puppy. He certainly has the personality of a much bigger dog, yapping to order us around and nipping at our heels when he doesn't get his way. He'll eventually figure out that he is low man on the totem pole, as he has when he encounters adult dogs on the trail with his tail tucked between his legs.

Scout surveys his worldThe king of all he surveys, or at least of our front yard. Note the "Scout slot" between the bottom step and window box for easy access to the pooping grounds.

Scout on the Lemon Squeezer trail in the Tabeguache areaScout is becoming a good little trail hiker. Here he is on the Lemon Squeezer section of the loop we've been doing. It's about 7:30 in the morning and still fairly cool, with decent shade from trailside juniper trees. Later today it will get close to 100 degrees, too hot for most outdoor activities.

Scout taking a breather on the Tabeguache trailThe final stretch back to the parking lot. This shot makes it seem like we're in the middle of nowhere, but the Tabeguache area is surrounded on three sides by residential development and on the fourth side by the Colorado National Monument. We appreciate living less than two miles away from this excellent hiking and mountain biking spot.

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