Going on Adventures with Friends, December 28, 2013

Please excuse the lateness of this post.  It’s been a hectic few weeks and it took a while to get all the photos together.   Pretend you’re reading it 2 weeks ago:

It started when I noticed Far Fetched Friends was actually local to me.  We exchanged e-mails, and eventually arranged to meet, in person (gasp!) for a dog walk.  We ‘hosted’ in the North Valley.

The following month, Far Fetched “hosted’ in the south valley.  At that walk, a friend of mine I met on FB joined us.

The very next month, December, was somewhat blurry, but as luck would have it, if I worked Christmas Day, I would have the whole next weekend off!  I had a great time the last 2 walks, why not go for 3!

I was pretty sure more people would get together on a Saturday (as opposed to my usual availability of Sundays), so I posted an ‘event’ on FB, inviting people to join us for a dog walk through a particularly beautiful part of the Sonoran Desert.

Unfortunately, Far Fetched was out of town, but Kyla, who happens to be a north neighbor of ours, was available.  Not for the walk, but for a meet and greet earlier.  Alas, the House of Kyla was striken by the Plague that is going around right now, (I had it last week, Crabby is getting it as we speak)  and the meet was cancelled, but hopes remain we will indeed meet some day.

As far as the response from Facebook, we were joined by Lori and Don from Pittie Me Rescue, Aimee, also from Pittie Me and Tonya from New Hope Cattle Dogs of Arizona.  Run A Muck Ranch was represented by Crabby, Marcy, Hector and me.

Here is your slide show of the day:

Getting ready to get going!  This was the first time any of us had met.
Getting ready to get going! This was the first time any of us had met.
Lori and Don with Pippy (Chi mic) and Sammy (big guy).
Lori and Don with Pippy (Chi mix) and Sammy (big guy).
Pittie Me Rescue was responsible to trapping Marcy.  Sammy came from the same place.  They say Marcy and Sammy had the same Mom.
Pittie Me Rescue was the rescue that trapped Marcy. Sammy came from the same place. They say Marcy and Sammy had the same Mom.
Tonya with foster dog Frog.
Tonya with foster dog Frog.
Beautiful Frog!  She's a neat kid for anyone who would like to add a Cattle Dog to their family!
Beautiful Frog! She’s a neat kid for anyone who would like to add a Cattle Dog to their family!

 

Another of Tonya's foster dogs, Gatlin, getting a butt scratch from Crabby.
Another of Tonya’s foster dogs, Gatlin, getting a butt scratch from Crabby.

 

 

Looks like Crabby found a new friend!
Looks like Crabby found a new friend!

 

Pretty Marcy posing,  Hector goes exploring.
Pretty Marcy posing, Hector goes exploring.

 

 

On the trail.
On the trail.

 

Approaching the falls!
Approaching the falls!
The hike destination.  For those of you who live where there are many natural water sources, this may not be a thrill.  For us on the desert, it's the jackpot!
The hike destination. For those of you who live where there are many natural water sources, this may not be a thrill. For us on the desert, it’s the jackpot!

 

 

Pippy might look like a girly dog,  but let me tell you, she's tough!  Never slowed down!
Pippy might look like a girly dog, but let me tell you, she’s tough! Never slowed down!

 

 

Unlike Gatlin who needed to be carried part of the way...
Unlike Gatlin who needed to be carried part of the way…

 

Amee and Marcy.   Much to Marcy's chagrin, she did not die when forced to interact with unfamiliar people.
Amee and Marcy. Much to Marcy’s chagrin, she did not die when forced to interact with unfamiliar people.
Tonya and Frog.  Frog was no cooperating during this photo shoot!
Tonya and Frog taking a break.

 

Crabby making another new friend.
Crabby making another new friend.  Note how Hector is ‘mortified’ his dad is speaking to someone else.  (NOT!)
Chillin' by the falls.
Chillin’ by the falls.

 

Sammy takes a dip.
Sammy takes a dip.

We don’t spend enough time face to face anymore.  “Meeting” Far Fetched on WordPress, in my opinion, was probably one of the best events that occurred in 2013.  A little online conversation and a commitment to meet has turned in to, what I hope, becomes a regular occurrence.

It’s a big world out there!  Don’t limit yourself to a chair and a computer screen.  Reach out and actually meet people, in person.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Breaking News:  1/9/13:  Somewhere during the hike, I had an epiphany:  Gatlin, one of Tonya’s foster dogs, would be the perfect kid for one of my landscape clients.  These particular people borrow Run A Muck Ranch kids on a regular basis.  That they never found ‘the one’ was based on the Mrs.’s hope that she could find one “just like [ours]”.    Any dog could be a Run A Muck Ranch dog, and in Gatlin’s case, that belief held true.

The Dog Formerly Known as Gatlin, At Least For The Time Being, Now Known as Vinny, went to his forever home, with my clients, late this afternoon.   As his forever babysitter, I look forward to telling you all about him!

 

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11 thoughts on “Going on Adventures with Friends, December 28, 2013

    1. We found a Buns of Steel walk on Sunday. Not thinking anyone will want to come up for that one.

      Waiting with anticipation to see who’s got something to the south!

  1. It’s hard to fine one like yours, they are wonderful and unique. But with Vinny they have a super cute kid now :o) I’m glad he found his forever home. btw: I like the name Frog for a dog very much, thats just cool!

  2. What a terrific post C.D.L. Not only did you meet up with new friends but got a dog placed in a furever home. Life is good~!!

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