Boy, am I glad it is raining today because I need to rest! Our weekend started off with our Friday ritual of going to the park where I can visit the grass. Oh, how I love doing my grass dance for everyone to see! If I don’t say so myself, I have great form. Woof! I enjoy meeting all sorts of my kind and getting adored by humans.
Then on Saturday, we met our friends Will and Kim again for a hike at Desert Vista in Norterra at 1901 Desert Vista Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85085. What was this? I smelled Mopsey on them but didn’t see her. Perhaps they left her in the car? No such luck. Poor Mopsey girl hurt her back and had to stay at home. I know what it is like to have an injury and get stuck behind. We missed her, but I marked a lot of plants in her honor. Got your back girl!
The Desert Tortoise trial starts off with a bang and goes up rocky terrain. Our reward about half way up is Mrs. Owl. Look for the large Saguaro on your left behind the fence put up to giver her privacy. Right now, she is sitting on some baby owl eggs. Her ears are so big and alert that you can’t miss her. Soon enough, those eggs will hatch, and you will hear little owls demanding food.
Follow the path and all the wildflowers to the top of the hill and continue on to the right for the 3-mile loop that leads you down into the Cholla meadow. Watch out for snakes! I didn’t smell any this time, but we have encountered grumpy, mean snakes on this path before. Spring is when they wake up and are disoriented, making them more dangerous. If your dog isn’t snake trained, read my blog about the importance of it and how to get it done.
At the base of the meadow, turn right to continue the loop and follow it back to the original intersection where you take a left back to the car. Of course, lots of other trails are available, but this is nice shorter option.
When Sunday rolled around, I assumed we would have a day of rest. Not so! My mom put on her running shoes, and off to 7th Avenue and Carefree Highway we went to trail run Shaw Butt, a steep hill with a tower on the top. I’m so grateful for all the beautiful wildflowers because they gave me a chance to rest while my mom took pictures. Lots of folks were out with the same idea and yes, I was recognized and worshiped. FYI, both trailheads have human restrooms and plenty of parking. This trail is also a loop, and we chose to go up the road toward the tower then hang a left onto the connector trail to the Sidewinder where we went right. This takes you down and around Shaw Butte (now dirt trail). Follow the trail back down to the parking lot.
Okay, now I knew I would get to rest…NOT! I knew something was up when mom put my bowtie on. That meant guests! I heard the name Joel, and I got very excited! Joel is my buddy from Chicago; he’s the best! I eagerly kept my eyes out for him, and when they arrived, we were back out to hike again. I didn’t mind, though, because it got to spend time with Joel and his son, Adam.
This time, we went to Apache Wash (1600 E. Sonoran Drive) and I was ready to be a great tour guide until I smelled snake. Ugh. We didn’t get very far on the loop trail before I had to stop. My training is to inform my humans of the danger. They decide whether we turn around or keep going, but if we move forward, dad needs to carry me. No, I’m not a chicken, but I need to know they understood my alert, which they did. So, I got a lift from dad for a spell, and then onward we continued once we were away from the snake scent. Again, keep your eyes peeled for rattlers!
The desert is incredibly green right now with high grasses and tons of flowering plants. One human stopped to share and explain some of the plants with us but don’t ask me to tell you ‘cause I can’t remember. Now, if you want to know what they smell like…
Joel and Adam enjoyed the views of the surrounding mountains and glimpses of Phoenix down below. It was a clear day with perfect temperatures and lots of sunshine. Hey, only the best for my buddy!
I must say that I was truly tuckered out at this point. The humans went off to have dinner, and I tried to hold on, but I was ready for bed. I napped so I could at least say good night and then off I went to night night. The next day, our friends had to leave. Boo hoo but what a weekend! I had wonderful dreams of all my adventures and look forward to what my mom has for me next. We don’t always get this kind of rain in the desert, so be sure to get out and appreciate the flowers and green landscape. Soon enough, it will be hot and dry.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith (Founder of the FIT Leader Formula™) is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!