Being a dog owner I cannot imagine a better way to spend a vacation, than with my dog. Call it a dogcation. Face it part of a vacation’s purpose is quality time, and who deserves that more than your dog who always seems to come in second. What I have discovered is a simplicity of life when I finally join Hudson. Every dog owner (caretaker) knows what makes his mutt the happiest. Around here its a dead tie, “Go” anywhere, and “Hold me”, preferably the couch, though he has tried lap sitting in a chair too.
Hudson loves Austin Creek this time of year. Its better than the dog park, the groomer or just about anything else. As the water levels have dropped in the summer he has discovered the joys of wading. Its become his Disneyland, as he has discovered an unlimited supply of sticks, and the simple joy of watching a ball bounce in the water. Last week he saw a fish for the first time. And after falling over backwards into the water; proceeded to chase it upstream like a rabit.
My vacation this year has been to join Hudson, and to wade along with him in Austin Creek. Its a pretty simple thing to take along a tennis ball, but the results have been amazing. My dog is teaching me to watch him play ball and chase fish. He has given me the time off to go wading like when I was a kid. And I take relish in what is a true simple pleasure.
My advice on a Russian River vacation is to bring the along the dog. He deserves the treat, and you get so much in return.