I love being outside in the summer. I love everything about nature. But I am far from outdoorsy. To be outdoorsy, I should be able to be one with nature without complaining about bugs and the artificial threat of bears (though, lately, this seems like it could be more of a reality). Woody absolutely enjoyed the walk, though he picked up about five ticks on the way that prompted me to finally purchase flea and tick medication. Before you say I'm a bad dog mom for not doing so previously, just remember that we live in the city, and ticks are not something you find downtown. At the end of our journey, we got in the car and drove to a suburban park in Independence, one that didn't require much on-foot navigation and proved to be tick-free.
Whether your dog is high energy like mine or laid back, there is something for all canines to enjoy in the summer. Aside from pretending I know how to be an experienced hiker, other activities Woody and I love to do include:
- Walking around The Jake during game evenings
- Discovering new routes around downtown
- Re-discovering new sights and smells around old ones
- Finding new parks and just hanging out for awhile
- Dog parks that have small dog areas, of course
- Fetch at the dog park when no one else is there, which is a rare feat.