With Easter right around the corner on April 1, you are probably in the process of making plans, I know we are. But what about our four legged friends? Over these past few days Walks With My Dogs has been thinking about our Easter Weekend plans, where to go and what to do. The Inland Northwest offers a variety of activities, we still haven’t decided on what we will do but here are a few activities that have made the top of our list for early Spring adventures you can do this Easter Weekend to explore the Inland Northwest with your dog.
Get the Feet Wet and Fly Fish
The water might be freezing because of the snow run off but if we have been itching to get our feet wet and stretch our arms with some fly fishing. It looks like the North Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene and St. Joe River in Idaho fly fishing is ramping up as the rivers begin to wake up from their winter slumber.
I’m new to mountain biking, Dylan (my husband) has been researching a few mountain bikes for me and I’d like to demo a few before I commit to one. Easter weekend seems like a good weekend to demo because the sooner I pick a bike the sooner we can begin to explore more trails in the Inland Northwest. I like this plan because if we stay in town we can triple dip in our adventures, mountain bike ride, take the dogs on a hike and see the Family on Easter!
Check out a few Mountain Biking Trails Near Spokane, WA
We still aren’t sure what we will do Easter weekend, but we will for sure keep you posted! However, why did I start to write this? O yes, what about the dogs on Easter? Its great to explore the great outdoors with them, however dogs do love their play toys. If your still searching for that perfect gift for your furry baby Same Day Loans 365 have you covered with customized gifts. Same Day Loans have partnered with some pretty talented artist on etsy to bring to you a list of Easter Gifts for your dog, cat, rabbit, horse, guinea pig, rat or gerbil – no one will be forgotten this Easter.
Doggy Fever. It’s that feeling you get when you see a dog, pet a dog or spend a fraction of a second with a dog. Its when you realize that what your life is missing is a dog. That my friend is Doggy Fever.
The other evening we were catching up with a few friends and a few of them happen to be newlyweds. We shared our stories about what has happened since the last time we saw each other, laughed about our embarrassing moments, then we began to talk newlywed talk. You know the discussion that comes around after someone has been married? It was refreshing to hear about what was new for them since becoming married because we are newlyweds as well. We could relate to their similar experiences and feelings that they were experiencing. They discussed how they both go the some doctor now, are thinking about buying a home, but more importantly they are thinking about getting a dog. Which if you ask me they would be wonderful dog parents, as Minka bounced between the two of them they entire evening, until she settled on my lap.
The dog discussion grew, what started as a simple statement at the beginning of the evening, “We are thinking about getting a dog” became a topic every conversation would loop back to. We would be talking about one topic and then someone would say, “Have you thought about getting a weiner dog?” The group would then chat about dogs for about five minutes. That conversation would die down. We would begin to talk about something else, then I see my husband on his phone and sure enough he is pulling up a photo of Irish Wolfhound stood up and said, “Hey check out this dog these things are huge but super cool.” The conversation moved into larger dogs. Then another person would say, “Have you checked out poodles? They are great and don’t shed.” Then would talk about poodles for a few minutes.
During this conversation I sat back and pet Minka. I found myself daydreaming about finding another dog to add to our pack. It was safe to say I had Doggy Fever. However, I found the Doggy Fever leave me as I looked down at Minka and thought, when a friend is thinking about getting a dog it’s like a new member of the group is joining us, because when our friends come to a BBQ or go for a hike their new dog will be there as well. This made me happy because I realized our grew was growing. It was so fun to hear all of the different kind of pets that our group thought would fit the newlyweds and their lifestyles. It was as if we were fashion designers trying to pick out their outfit. It made me smile, because I began to think about how I got Minka and how nothing about it was planned.
It was my junior year of college, my dear dear friend who happened to be my roommate at the time wanted to get a dog. I agreed accompany her to the pet store. The entire way to the pet store I was saying, “You know it’s great you want a dog, but don’t expect me to help out. I’m busy with school and don’t want to be responsible for the dog.” Looking back on it, I was really annoying borderline rude. Needless to say, I was into myself and wanted to set expectations that I was not going to take care of the dog.
We arrived to the pet store and there she was, Minka. I’ll never forget the moment I first saw her. Sorta of like I’ll never forget the first time I spoke to my husband or held my brother and sisters. There are some moments that live with you, they are as clear as a photo in your mind.
Back to the pet store. Minka all alone she sat, her eyes locked on mine. Her head slightly cocked, examining the situation. Before I knew it I was holding her and walked out of the store with her. My friend, the one who had plans to actually get a dog, slept on the idea and ended up getting Koda the next day. Yes, safe to say I was a junior in college who was still figuring herself out and was slightly, what’s the word… Contracting? Inconsistent? Erratic?
Over the past few weeks after I got Minka, those same thoughts that I had in the car on the way to the pet store resurfaced. “I don’t have time for a dog.” “Having a dog will hold me down.” “Having a dog wont allow me to go after what I want.” “A dog won’t let me stay at school late.” “Having a dog won’t let me stay out late.” Like I said, I was a junior in college, going after the world I wasn’t going to let a dog hold me back.
I found myself negotiating to sell her. I was so close to selling her, my Grandma wouldn’t even hold Minka for fear that she would get too close to her and I would end up selling her. Safe to say I decided to keep her around, more like she decided to keep me around and six years later we are still going strong.
Having Minka in my life switched something in me. I found myself responsible for another’s well being and I took this extremely seriously. She rooted me and challenged me to get a consistent schedule and to follow through on being a good Mom. She trusted me to feed her, take her on walks, teach her new things and show her cool adventures. We developed a bond and a deep rooted trust in each other.
Back to our dear friends, the newlyweds who are thinking about getting a dog. I hope they find a dog that does this for them. I hope they find a dog that brings them even closer together as a family, a dog that gives them memories, special moments and adventures.
From our conversation with the newlyweds I learned a few things about their ideal pup. They would like a dog that has minimal shedding. A dog that is between the size of Mink and Sticks, that is between 6lbs to 30lbs. That is a pretty big range but their ideal dog would also be able to handle a good hike. If anyone out there has any recommendations please let me know and we will pass it on to them!