We spent last weekend at my parents’ house, and my sister was also visiting. She had her schnauzer with her. Naava has proved being an excellent therapy dog for Una, persistently inviting her to run and play, despite Una’s more than a little annoyed responses to her advances.
We went for a walk in the forest close by with Una and Naava on Saturday. Una got more and more confident during the walk, and after a while, started to follow Naava ahead of us instead of walking behind me. As long as Naava stayed on the track, that is 😉
We arrived to the field where Naava would have her tracking exercise. There were a couple of cranes on the far side of the field, you can hear them on the video below. If you are wondering why my sister is lighting a match: she is not planning on starting a forest fire 😉 She is checking the direction of the light breeze, watching the smoke rising from the extinguished match. She needs this information in order to decide in which direction she needs to run the track for Naava.
When my sister went to prepare the track for Naava, I stayed out of sight with the dogs. Naava kept barking, furious that she was left behind! Una got worked up herself, mimicking Naava. As a result, she started a tug-of war with me, using her leash, when my sister came back 🙂 A nice way of letting out the extra energy, I was very pleased!
Una also started a chase on Naava soon after this. I caught the very end of it on a poor quality video:
On Sunday, Una was trotting happily with Naava on our forest walk, looking already like a real dog of the great wilderness. I love this video!
More pictures of Una and Naava on Naava’s blog. The picture with Una and Naava walking side by side on the sandy road in the forest is beautiful, and shows the mood of both girls to a T!
When we drove home on Sunday evening, we took a detour to Laajasalo and attended a walk arranged by E-S Seropit ry. There were two other dogs, handsome boys! We took an hour-long leash walk around Aino Ackten’s park with beautiful views of Helsinki over the sea 🙂 Una got a good exercise in walking together with unfamiliar dogs!