Life with Indy…Car ride

Everyday I am learning something new about having a rescue dog live with us. I think the case with Indy is she has multiple factors impacting her ability to cope. One she’s a rescue and I don’t think her previous life was very good and two the hooman she bonded with was required to leave her for several months; hence why we are taking her in. Of course it’s not ideal and certainly an adjustment for both her and us, but beyond the antics, she is loved.

Day 9

It’s been nearly a week and a half that Indy has been living with us. Overall, it’s not been too bad. We’ve had a couple of adjustments to make regarding sleeping arrangements and a minor incident with a fence but we are getting there. While roaming the property and inside the house, she listens quite well and is a good doggie. I decided it was time to start venturing out with her and expand our walking environment.

On Wednesdays, I typically take my grandson swimming but this Wednesday I was tired and still had to walk Indy, so instead Tristan agreed that taking the dog for a walk would be just as much fun! So I piled Indy into the car and off we went. Her behavior in the car was pretty typical for a dog, she would sit or lay down for brief moments but mainly stood and poked her head out the window, she seemed super happy for the outing!

As we arrived at our destination, I could not have anticipated what would happen next! Yes, she was excited to get out of the car but I underestimated her!! One click of the hatchback and her head was protruding out the bottom of the hatch, I was now stuck with her half in/half out and no way to control her. Her excitement continue to build and she became forceful on the door. If I close the door, I squish her neck/head, if I open the door she’ll jump out and I don’t know what will happen from there. At this point she’s not listening or hearing my commands to sit or stay, she’s hyper focused on getting out of the car. In hindsight, I feel that she might have thought the car ride was to take her home and that we would find her master, if we could just get out of the darn car. She finally overpowered me, remember she’s 92 lbs, and was able to slip out of the car.

The next thing I new she was running all over the neighborhood, up the sidewalk and across the street. Thank goodness it was a park area and cars were moving slowly as she jetted out in front of them. The looks I was getting from drivers and pedestrians demonstrated a judgmental attitude of “control your animal”, if only they knew…

What seemed like a very long time, but was probably about 10 minutes, I was finally able to wrangle the dog and get her back to the car. I literally had to lasso her, calling her, and trying to get near her to pet her was definitely a no go. I was told that if I showed anger she wouldn’t come, so I had kept the calling light and fun, like we were going on an adventure but that was unsuccessful. I was terrified that she would run out in front of a car that couldn’t stop, or that she would just keep running; how would/could I explain that!

We did get our walk in, and the ride home was uneventful. Once home, I tethered her to the back seat of the car and we practiced sitting and waiting before we were allowed to jump out. Hopefully, this new routine is rememberers for next time. I know I’ll never forget it!

Do you have any suggestions about how to help this doggo learn new routines?

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Trudi

The outdoor state…

The outdoor state…

For us, living in Colorado was the most central we could be. With children living on both the east and west coasts of the continent, we could travel almost equally as far in either direction to see family. Although we enjoy the travel, sometimes it is easier to bring family to you and showcase Colorado as the amazing state that it is.

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During our time in Colorado, we travelled to Estes Park multiple times. Only an hour “ish” drive from home, Estes offered sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. We travelled to Estes Park on a number of occasions, we felt each family member visiting deserved to go! While in Estes, it is important to visit the haunted hotel, The Stanley Hotel! The Stanley is where Steven King was inspired to write The Shining.

Estes Park is also home for many elk. Come here in the fall for rucking season and see your fair share of elk roaming the streets, or just hanging out at the local park.

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Only a few more mile up the road from Estes is the Rocky Mountain National Park. This scenic drive boasts many amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Again, each family member got their tour of the park, and witnessed the changing landscape as the road elevation climbed to and altitude of 12,183 feet! It is so beautiful!

Another national park that we spend several weekends in was Indian Peaks Wilderness. We camped and hiked at Brainard and Isabell lakes and enjoyed a great hike on the 4thof July trail! So many good times in the Colorado outdoors! Colorado is certainly an outdoor state!

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DSC_2559When family visits, some other must do’s are the Westminster Butterfly farm, the Denver museum, and the Colorado Springs Zoo. The Springs Zoo is probably by far the best Zoo I have ever spent time in. The Zoo is built on the side of a mountain, leaving visitors climbing hills, and for some of us struggling for breath in the altitude, but there are so many species of animals and they all seemed so well-cared for! It was a great day feeding the giraffe!

While also in Colorado Springs a must do is the Garden of the Gods. The rock formations were created millions of years ago during geological upheaval along the fault line. The colours and structures of the rocks are pretty amazing! There are lots of hiking trails, animals, and wildflowers.

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The Royal gorge was only on our visit list once. The summer of 2017 allowed us to take family to view this spectacle. At 965’ above the Arkansas river, the Royal Gorge suspension bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the USA! We took the gondola across the gorge and walked the bridge back before having lunch and making the return trip home.

Although our sightseeing through Colorado was not limited to only the sights listed here, we spent lots of time, driving, hiking, an enjoying the outdoors. Colorado boasts plenty of sunny days, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and awesome summer temps that allow for outdoor actives!

Where are some of your favorite places to visit?

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