It started innocently enough. One of my English Shepherd owning Facebook friends realized she was close enough to join Chandler and I on one of our weekend hikes. Stephanie set a day; I asked whether she'd like to meet just Chan and I, or whether she would she like me to invite all the local ES people. As far as she was concerned, more dogs were great. What we ended up with was:
Eight English Shepherds.
One Cattle Dog cross...
...and we all had a GREAT time!
Look at all the cameras in this group!
After introductions, the dogs all got along fabulously. They trotted and ran along the trail together, sniffing and marking all the interesting spots.
I'm taking point position!
The two tricolors, Pace and Patches, seemed to do some bonding.
Mom calls them the Tricolor Alliance.
There were multiple games of chase.
I'm going to get Elvira!!!!!!
Whee! Running with the pack!
Water loving dogs cooled off in the reservoir.
I give this splash a nine! Excellent wake too, Bug!
Some who weren't so sure about water gave it a try.
Kateri is my grand-niece. We really have to work on her swimming skills.
Those that didn't like to wade abstained.
Really Oliver, you don't know what you're missing...
For the swimmers there was water fetch!
Patches is trying to steal MY stick. AGAIN!
...and also regular fetch on land.
I think this was more of a stick wrestling match between Bug and Pace...
After three hours of hiking, we all decided we'd like to do it again someday.
This was so much fun!!!!
Bridgett is smiling at you. She says she had fun too.