Monday, May 18, 2009
Follow Your Dog's Nose
In an urban area I feel completely at ease. I know how to get around. Few things actually scare me. Now I find myself in unfamiliar territory...the hayseed from the city. So when I get bold enough to venture out onto trails with Jack I take my cues from his nose.
This morning he was really wound up...stopping, starting, snuffling, pulling ahead, balking and turning around. I was getting very annoyed since I wanted to make it all the way to an old falling down mine entrance I found a few days back. Then something way down the trail caught my eye. I have no idea what it was (of course I imagined it was a cougar, then a wolf or a bear, and it was most likely a deer), but I decided if Jack was nervous we were turning around. I've always told my daughter to trust her feelings about people and places and to decide for herself when there might be danger. Whenever it's just Jack and me out in the countryside, I plan to take his nose for my guide.