With spring finally starting to actually happen, the world is starting to blossom and the urge to get out and do things is finally starting to creep in and set fast. Winter is always a tough season for me (and the dogs) because I have to drag myself out to do things because I hate the extreme colds it produces. Yeah, we weight pulls in the winter months but it was indoors but that was pretty much the extent of it. (No snow pulls this year for us! Brr!)
My husband and I have been looking into doing other things with the dogs outside of competing. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my competitive “We can do this!” spirit with the dogs but I’m settling down a bit and just want to spend time with the dogs and do things in time. That is what brought us to finally biting the bullet and looking into joining K9 Explorers. It’s a really awesome group of people who get together just to DO things with their dogs and even help the community with different projects too. I’d been following them for a couple of years but it really never kicked that it was something I wanted to do seriously until this year when I got the guts to as the founder, Heather, if I could tag along on one of the hikes.
We had a blast. The dogs were tired. We were tired. We got to hang out with like-minded people who thoroughly enjoyed their dogs and their company. These were people who enjoyed doing things with their dogs for the heck of it. Sure, there were a few dog sport competitors in the group like Abby and Therese from Team Puggle (seriously awesome team, by the way!) but for the most part it these were folks who just genuinely loved their pets. It was such a wonderful treat that we were hooked.
We’ve decided to make the plunge to join and enjoy ourselves and help out in the club to make sure things run smoothly. It’s going to be a blast earning badges like we could have in Dog Scouts of America since they wouldn’t accept a couple of our dogs for not being particularly doggie friendly, helping the community and enjoying doing things with the dogs outside of the normal competitive setting and I highly recommend the group for anyone in the Metro Detroit area too! (If you’re interested, you can find out more about them here.)