On Friday, I laid out all of Moby’s gear for our Saturday fun day – hiking at Magnolia Spring State Park!
We got up early Saturday morning, had breakfast and then Moby waited (im)patiently for us to pack all the gear into the car.
A quick stop at Grandma’s to drop off Boney and we were on the road!
We got to the park about 10:30, made a quick stop in the visitors center to get a map and started on our hike. There were several short trails, with the longest being about 1.5 miles. Moby wore his Ruffwear backpack which had water, a collapsible bowl, sunscreen, liquid bandage, an extra leash and poop bags.
Moby did well, but we realized that even though we were in the shade most of the time, it was too hot for him to wear his backpack. So, next time I’ll bring a day pack and carry all of his things. I’m also going to take him for longer walks in the morning to get him conditioned to going further. We choose a state park with short trails because we knew this may be a problem. As long as he could rest from time to time, he had plenty of energy to keep going!
We also joked that we would rename him “Caballito” due to his horse like mannerisms. While hiking, Moby discovered something new to be afraid of – tree roots that go into the path. At the first one, he jumped a foot in the air and then avoided all other tree roots whenever possible.
Do you take your dog hiking? Do you have any good tips for us for next time?