Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday was a splendid day for a fall walk. TJ and I took Sawyer for a drive to Lowville Park, with its scenic creek, trails and unofficial leash-free park. Unbeknownst to many folks in the area, there's an annual salmon spawn. We missed the peak but did manage to see three large salmon attempting to make their way upstream. Unfortunately, not all fish are successful in their journey. We saw numerous deceased salmon along the banks but mostly in the water. Sawyer and I waded through the shallow water, trying to keep a firm footing on the slippery rocks. Sawyer being a clever pup, spotted a dead salmon camouflaged amongst the leaves. Eeww! I was not about to touch this decomposing fish with my bare hands. So I try the "drop it" command, to no avail. It only works when I bribe him with food which he happily had. After much proding, begging, yelling, tugging, he finally let go. He was very upset with me for not allowing him an early salmon sushi feast!