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This winter has been really tough on the canines and humans here in NJ, walks have been short to non-existent. So… with this nice, warm weather coming through we’ve decided to gear up and head out on the trails. I never push my dogs, if they want to go further then I let them. I always watch for evidence of fatigue and foot injury and stop for water breaks regularly. That being said, it is dang near impossible to tell an aussie to stop, lol.

We’ve hit the trails at Lebanon State Park, Cheesequake State Park, and our own Purple Heart Trail here in Jackson, NJ. All of these sites give us a nice variety of sand to loamy soil that cushions the joints in our dogs as well as length of trail. We’ve let Mav take us for just under 4.5 miles a couple times now but I’m a little reluctant to let him go further, even if he does pull and bark to keep going! I think we’ll keep him under that mark for a little while longer and maybe late summer or fall extend it.

We really can’t wait for the water to warm up so we can get the kayaks out and start training Mav to water. His sister, Sage, loves to go out in the kayak so I’m hoping she can teach him to enjoy it too. Honestly, he’s such a momma’s boy he’ll just be happy if I’m in the boat with him.

On the trail at Cheesequake, you can see the steep stairs in the background that are throughout this trail



3 Responses to “Getting into gear for hiking season”

  1. fourminipups said:

    I can’t believe how big he’s gotten. Just beautiful.

  2. benny55 said:

    You are astouding Maverick!! Nothing’s holding you back, that’s for sure!!

    You look soooooo happy!! and that’s what it’s all about!!

    That face of yors??? Doesn’t get any cuter than that!

    Keep these great updates AND photos comng… akes us all smile!!!


    Sally and Happy Hannah

  3. jerry said:

    Yay for the snow melt, I’m so hoppy you all get to go outside again. That trail looks so nice, Maverick is like “LET’S GO!”

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