So far this fall we have been blessed with such great weather. Zephyr at almost 15 years of age has appreciated the warmer weather. He is still hanging in there. He enjoys the flatter trails and a little shorter hike as well. Zen and Timber run the hills of the Bruce without him...was hard for me at first to leave him home from these hikes...but such is the way it goes. I was able to put Timber on sheep a couple of times this fall, he did fantastic! It was fun! Love these days with the dogs!
So the beautiful days of summer are here. I have been so busy with work and a move into a new house that I haven't had much time for the computer. Zephyr is now 14 1/2 and struggling a bit with his health. Gone are the days of hiking the hills of the Bruce. Flatter walks and shorter ones as well. He still enjoys life but sleeps a little more than before. He has lost most off his hearing as well. I have been enjoying lots of quiet walks alone with him, without the other dogs. Other dogS you ask? Yes I welcomed another border collie into our home a few months back. Already a year old but with so much to learn. His name is Timber, and he is a love. He is another black tri from working lines. I'll leave you with a few recent photos of the gang!
Zephyr turned thirteen last week! How truly blessed I have been to share all his years with him. I took these two photos this week with the fresh snow. I don't think he looks his age here. Some days he does, but usually he still bounces along with a smile :)
I am not a winter person. I still get out with the dogs, but I really do not enjoy it most days. However earlier in the week we had temps just below zero instead of the -20 and a wind chill on top of that. In fact we had 2 days in a row that were this "warm". Off to the lake to run on the beach. Perfect for Zephyr who likes the flatter places to run, when there is ice and snow, now that his back end is weakening somewhat. Of course I had to insist he stay on shore and off the ice flows...he seems not to worry about his aging body as I do. The steep and many hills are reserved for better footing.
I find it peaceful to walk along the empty shore. Few people go there this time of year. The slate grey skies would welcome some sun no doubt....I know I would. These are happy walks. Peaceful walks. Sigur Ros type of walks! Think I'll go there again tomorrow!