Friday, March 1, 2013


I've talked about our walks on the W&OD trail several times. It's our primary place to walk because, one, it's so convenient being directly behind my house,  two, it's a lot more entertaining than walking the sidewalks in the neighborhood, and, three, I can get in a bit of off-leash time in certain sections (Shhh! That will be our little secret!).  This park is what is known as a linear park and runs from just outside Washington, DC to Purceville, Va., a total of 45 miles long. But it is only 100 feet wide. Within that narrow width, it has a narrow band of trees/scrub, then a paved portion for the bikes, another narrow band of trees/scrub, a gravel portion for the horses (a very, very rare sight these days!), and one final narrow band of trees/scrub. There are sections without all the greenery, but that's how it is where I do most of my walking. And on either side of the park is a bit of neighborhood common area, then houses. So now that you have a mental picture of the trail......

We always walk on the gravel horse trail as it has much less traffic, usually only a jogger or two. As soon as Wilson gets his freedom, he acts like a teenager at the mall with his parents. That is, he pretends he's not with us! He quickly shoots through the outer band of trees and onto the common area. He keeps traveling in the same direction and keeps up, just not with Jimmy and me! I guess we embarrass him.

Here he is....Mr.Independent!

Wilson: I can't be seen with them! What will my friends think?!

Have a great weekend, Everyone!


  1. What a nice looking place to walk

    urban hounds

  2. Hey Mr Independent any squirrels about? Go hunt! Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Aww. Wilson thinks he's too cool for school. Or maybe all the scents are way too exciting for him to keep up.

    Happy Friday :)

  4. Awww. This is making me want to skip work today and take Sherman for a walk! :)

  5. 45 miles long and only 100 feet wide! No wonder you call it a linear park.

    Our old dog Jordan was like Wilson. He'd always walk a little away from us and if we picnicked on the grass, he'd pretend he didn't know us too (except when there was food around of course)! At other times at home, he'd be practically underfoot. Who knows why.

  6. Perhaps it has to do with that pushy, younger "sibling"?

  7. BOL! Wilson is hilarious!! Have a great weekend, my pals!
    *Cairn cuddles*

  8. Hahahaha! I like your way of looking at it. Shiva usually runs separate from us at the dog park as well. Usually it's because we are just too slow. Parks are for running and sniffing and running! She never takes off and always makes sure she can see us, but she thinks heeling is for chumps.

    It's great you can get out to where Wilson can stretch his legs. It looks like he appreciates the chance to enjoy himself on his own terms.

  9. He's adorable! But you really threw me with the location. Question: Will you be at Blog Paws? I need something that I can't fly to DC. I'll email you.

  10. Aw Wilson, you're a rascal mate. Bet if there was something scary, you'd come running to your mum. Your linear park sounds grreat. I am a total whimpy guts so always hang around near mum. See ya and hope your weekend is a good one. No worries, and slobber, Rory and Stella

  11. Isn't it great to have a wonderful hiking trail so close at hand? It's funny that Wilson strikes out on his own. Maybe he prefers walking on the grassy common area vs. the gravel. It's interesting that Jimmy sticks with you instead of following Wilson. Molly's comment above made me smile. Yesterday we saw two squirrels on our hike and Wrigs was VERY excited.

    Susan and Wrigs


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