I took Lilly (the dog my roomie is babysitting) for a 10 mile hike/trail run today to Rabbit Lake. There is something very odd about going on an adventure with a dog you don’t know or trust. I was told she is not good with other dogs and might run off if I were to take her off leash. A few weeks ago we were also babysitting Lily. I took her on one walk during which she got into a frightening fight with a mean looking dog.
With this knowledge, I kept lily on leash for our hike. A leashed dog in the Alaskan wilderness is a rare sight. Other hikers could probably tell how nervous and unsure I was about our dogs’ interactions. It was most odd when I didn’t allow lily off leash at the lake since a few other dogs were down there as well. Yes, I let her swim back and froth on leash :/ then I explained to the people watching that this dog isn’t mine and I can’t trust her. Haha. After today I feel way more comfortable with her. She was nice to all the other dogs we saw an was a good listener.
The car ride home with a dead tired dog was more pleasant than the trip out! I was quite tired too. I ran out of water then stopped at McDonalds on the way home to double fist a diet coke and chocolate shake.