Cura and I have been together since 2009. We want to thank all of you who followed the early days as well as those who popped back on occasion during the long hiatus. Training was done, the days passed, and we were settling into our life together.
Fast forward: Cura is slowing down and a new member of the family is in training. On top of that, we are all busy with our new calling . . . Running the Training Department for Paws and Stripes. Join us on our journey!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ack . . . BALLOONS!

The other day, we woke to a wonderfully, clear day.  The temperature was lovely and the wind was non-existent.  Perfect Hot Air Balloon weather -- and boy were they out in force!  Of course, I knew immediately upon waking that there were balloons outside.  How, you may ask?  Cura knows they are there before she even leaves the bedroom.  She doesn't even have to see one out the window . . . she just knows.

When we headed outside for our walk, there were 15+ balloons in the air!  If I were to guess, most of them were within a 2-3 mile radius of the house, and many of them were within a mile.  Not only that, but they were on the low side so instead of appearing as small objects in the air, they were VERY BIG and we could easily hear the whoosh of the burners as the operators opened the blast valves.  They were a beautiful sight to behold (and me without my camera -- yes, again).  However, beautiful or not, Cura was having none of it!

Actually, that is not completely true.  The fact is, she did very well, considering.  We went on our walk without too much difficulty.  She was not happy and had a difficult time keeping her head forward and eyes front.  But, she was focused on getting up the street and back as soon as possible while trying very hard to stay in place by my side.  I wish that I did not have to attend a meeting that morning -- it was a perfect training opportunity if I only had the time to take advantage of it.  One of these mornings we are just going to sit outside in the back yard and calmly watch the balloons go by.  Like everything else, we will help Cura to work through this . . . she is already showing improvement, it will just take time and patience.

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