Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

My Dog-Boy

In a nod to National Dog Day, I thought I would do a short write-up about the boy who won my heart over seven years ago and still holds major control over it today. It all started with a trip to the Humane Society in Milwaukee, WI…

This somewhat silly looking, floppy-eared four month old mutt bounded towards me with excitement in his eyes; of course I soon found out that he (then named Fuzby) was more interested in tearing up the paper I was holding than playing with me…until I moved the paper away and those big brown eyes focused on me. I quickly decided to adopt him and save him from his silly name, so I renamed him Sydney and took him home.

Sydney with his pack

Sydney with his pack

Those first few years were a bit tumultuous for us as Sydney learned that eating windowsills was not a good thing and taking a quick solo janut to the nearby Culvers might land him in trouble. It was also an amazing time as we bonded, and I learned how to read his cues when he thought I was in trouble or didn’t like someone. I used to have a car magnet that said “Who rescued who?” and that couldn’t be truer of our relationship. I may have taken him home from the shelter, but during those first few years, he saved me in many ways.

As we transitioned from life in the Coast Guard and semi-regular visits to “the farm” to see Momma Sheri and Poppa Bruce, Sydney and I set out on our own adventure. Over the past 4 years, Syd has been my confidant, my adventure partner, and my best bud. He has helped me through heartbreak, loneliness, fear, and sadness. All it takes is a wag from his curled up tail and a look of playfulness in his eyes to make me forget my woes.

Syd & I at the summit of Harney Peak, 2012

Syd & I at the summit of Harney Peak, 2012

Last week, while Brian and I were away on vacation, Sydney (& Brian’s dog Pup) were left with a friend. Apparently Sydney, my little wandering adventurer, decided to escape the fenced in yard and go for a jog. Sadly, his jog took him into danger. I received a phone message saying that Sydney had been hit by a car with no further information. I immediately burst into tears thinking the worst and started hyperventilating at the thought of my boy hurt or worse; I was a major mess and wouldn’t have been able to do anything if it weren’t for Brian. He quickly had us listen to the second message which told us Sydney had been taken to his vet’s office. Brian took it from there and the next thing I know, Syd was going to be ok and would be having surgery the next day for a spiral fracture in the tibia of his hind left leg.

scary spiral fracture

scary spiral fracture

Dr. Moore and his staff at Cody Veterinary Hospital were amazing! They sent me pictures of Sydney’s broken leg pre and post-surgery and kept me updated on his progress.

Sydney a bit doped up post-surgery

Sydney a bit doped up post-surgery

When we returned from vacation this weekend, Dr. Moore made special arrangements by coming in on a Sunday just so I could take Sydney home.

He is resting and healing these days

He is resting and healing these days

My boy has a few months of recovery ahead of him, to include a second surgery to remove a rod in his leg, but before the end of the year, I will have my adventure buddy of seven years back out with me on the trails!

Looking forward to many more hikes!

Looking forward to many more hikes!

This past week has been a great reminder to me of just how important a role Sydney has played in my life since that early-July day in 2007 (& that I am lucky to be marrying the man I am!). I know my life wouldn’t be as full of love and happiness if I had not taken him home that day 🙂

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Wild Wyoming

I developed a very special place in my heart for Colorado while I was there this past fall for a few work trips, and I absolutely love the feet of beautiful powder I recently experienced in Utah (the latest of many things I love about that state).  However, this weekend I was reminded of the pure beauty and serenity that can be found here in Wyoming.

While I know I could likely have found desolate places in both Colorado and Utah, my times there have been with friends or always on trails frequented by others.  Here, just outside of Cody, I can find my own personal slice of utopia, a piece of heaven away from others where the silence of my mind can be at the forefront (especially with bears being dormant right now ;)).

This past Saturday, I piled Sydney into the car and headed west to the Shoshone National Forest.

My lovely winter playground

My lovely winter playground

I wasn’t sure where we would head to hike; I simply knew that I needed the sense of clarity only nature gives me.  We stopped at the Ishawooa (pronounced Ish-awa) Trailhead and decided to head out onto the trail. While we did not see a single person, and only one bunny, on the entire 5-6 mile hike, we were treated to amazing views of the Ishawooa Creek valley.

Looking down into the stunning Ishawooa Creek valley

Looking down into the stunning Ishawooa Creek valley

I found my pease

I found my peace

And Sydney found this wooden box

And Sydney found this wooden box

This hike helped me clear my mind, center my heart and soul, and remind me to not overlook the beauty that may be hidden in our own backyard.

Together, we found our joy

Together, we found our joy

Brought to you by Colorado

Sometimes words just aren’t necessary…

Maroon Bells

Hanging Lake

Winter on the White River National Forest

Mushroom Rock w/ Mount Sopris in the background

Ducks on Trappers Lake

Syd & remains from Storm King Mountain fire in 1996

Moving memorial trail

Gorgeous sunset

I can’t wait until I find myself back in this amazing place!