Adventures » SUCCESS!


Whew! Thursday was a busy day.

I took the opportunity Thursday morning to enjoy the benefits of being a small business owner.

Metro Vancouver is hosting Sustainability Community Breakfasts. It’s an opportunity to hear what is going on with the city and surrounding areas. Topics cover a wide variety of issues. Today’s breakfast topic was the first part of a two-part series on Dematerialization. The panelists were internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields who were in town for a conference. Local politician Adriane Carr from the Green Party was sitting just behind me in the¬†audience. It was an excellent opportunity to hear about integrating economy and ecology from some really interesting people. I could talk a lot more about it as I’m trying to make a living off walking in the woods. But we’re here to talk about doggies!

Millie’s owner kindly let me delay the start of our walk so I could attend the breakfast. Normally, Millie’s owner meets me outside and Millie already has her walking gear on. So today was going to be a bit of a test to see how Millie would do with me coming into her home to get her without her owner there.

I decided for me success would be being able to put on her walking gear and then take her on our walk as usual. But I wasn’t going to put a time limit on it. My tools were going to be patience, calm, treats and time to build trust. And wouldn’t you know it. It worked! ¬†It wasn’t quick, she did growl at first. But we did it! SUCCESS!

Because we did vary from the pickup routine Millie was a little more reserved on the first half of the walk. It’s always interesting to see how the dogs react to different scenarios. Millie seemed to want to make sure I was keeping an eye out for her (she would stop just out of sight behind a tree and wait) and kept her distance a little more than she usually does. You can see what I mean in the video.

We were exploring a new trail by following some flagging. However, the trail and flagging abruptly ended at a cliff. So we decided to turn around and go back essentially the way we came. :)

The sun came out for a bit! We sat on the rocks for a bit and soaked up the view and sun. A great day all in all.

Until next time.

Today's Adventurers

Location: Cypress Falls Park, West Vancouver

Distance hiked: 6.9km

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