I have been very happy to hear from Anna that there is a group of people who are thinking of Una and wishing us well: I just delivered the hugs and kisses they had asked Anna to send to Una! These people have been a part of Una’s story, and it is nice to be able to let them know how Una is doing 🙂
On saturday, we spent the day just outside Nuuksio National park, in Salmi recreational forest. We took my friend with us. The hike was maybe a little too long for Una, since she is not used to hiking. We planned to take a shorter route, but had to go around some places that we thought could be crossed. We walked maybe 10 kilometers over 8 hours and took many long breaks, just sitting, munching goodies,looking over a small pond or a lake, and listening to the silence. Una was a very good hiking companion: when she noticed we are not going to continue for a while, she lay down to rest.
At one place, a path led us under a steep cliff of maybe 20 meters high. On the map, it looked like it should have led into the fores earlier, going around the cliff. But we missed the turn, obviously… With a lake on the other side and the cliff on the other, we had two choices: either to turn back or climb up. Not wanting to go back, we decided to try if we could make it to the top: we saw tracks of other people who had done that. So, we climbed, on all fours many times. Una was a very good climber, a few times I had to give her a push from behind, and she just kept going!
At another place, we had to cross a small stream. We could jump over, but it was quite broad so it was not easy. We were standing there, discussing how to get Una across if she doesn’t have the courage to jump. She looked at us, gathered her feet at the edge of the stream and jumped – she just flew over, landing very neatly on the other side! And looked at us: what are you waiting, jump over and let’s go…
After the day trip, Una has been a bit tired, which is quite understandable. Yesterday and today her left front paw has been sore. I don’t know if this is a result of the hike or not: the paw was not sore on sunday, the day after the hike. I’ll monitor it and take her to a vet if needed.
Below is a link to a video from our hike:
Una was running free for a couple of kilometers when we were following the shore of this little lake, and there were no official hiking paths nearby. I still keep her on the leash, and this was the first time I took it off. I trust her to stay near me in normal situations, but she still reacts to approaching people sometimes by barking, and occasionally she tries to run towards them at the same time.
For some reason, Una only reacts to approaching people if they are further away, on an open landscape, and they are the only people around. If I walk Una among people, on the streets, she is fine. Maybe she has more time to notice a lonely figure in an empty landscape, feeling he is approaching straight towards her, and react to that. While walking among people, there is a lot going on around her and she doesn’t pay a lot of attention to any single person or a dog. Or she has had bad experiences in a park, like dogs running free charging her. Well, whatever the reason, we are working on her feeling safe in any situation :o) She is still insecure in this new surrounding and will of course relax over time. But now is a good opportunity to work on scary situations, and, as a side effect, this work also makes the bond between us stronger.
I really like the picture below, where Una is standing on top of the cliff we climbed. She is looking beautiful in the kind of surrounding I love so much. Una is looking very intently to the right: there was my friend, taking a slightly different route up the cliff, and Una was very concerned she might get lost!