Moving into Retirement
There has been a lot of changes in our lives the past few months.
- Bo has turned 2 years old
- Mel has retired
- We have sold our White Hall home of 27 years and moved to the Bella Vista home.
Life does have a way of changing, doesn’t it? Mel and I and of course, Boaz, are all adjusting to this new way of life. Our Bella Vista home has a white rock yard and no fenced in area. So Boaz is very much a house dog now. Mel takes him for short walks during the day and we both throw balls for him to run after from our driveway. Our neighborhood is very quiet with very little traffic, which I’m glad for. Mel or both of us together take Bo for long walks around Bella Vista Lake and sometimes other trails (at least Mel does, my wheelchair prevents me from going down some of the trails).
A few days ago, we walked around Lake Bella Vista and Mel and Bo went ahead of me. I caught up with them about half way around the lake. Boaz will wringing wet because Mel had let him wade and then swim in Little Sugar Creek. I had my camera and wanted to see that, so we went back to the creek area and Bo had so much fun wading and swimming. I got a few pictures of him swimming.
It looks like Boaz is really a water loving dog. He was so happy in the water that we almost never got him to come out. We decided to take him “swimming” more often.
Helping Pull my Chair
On the way back from the creek, I grabbed Boaz’s collar and he pulled me all the way back to the parking lot, with no problem at all. This was the first time I had let him do that. I though “how cool is this.” Bo seemed to have no problem at all pulling me down the trail. He weighs 115 pounds now and is full grown, so I know this doesn’t hurt him as I’ve read that a dog can pull up to 4 times their own weight. Plus I’m on wheels which makes it easier.
I’m determined to keep training Boaz for obedience and to help me. I really want to teach him to fetch and carry for me. I’ve been reading about how to do that. I plan to blog about that next and hopefully I’ll have a success story for Boaz to add to that blog.
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