|Let's go already!|
The Bay Area has tons of hiking, though not all allow dogs (even on leash) and we are working our way through many new (to us trails). However, with the dry season approaching, there are now also some big risks on the trails.
|Foxtail - not of the cute ShibaFox variety|
And then there are the thistles. These are also wildly abundant and common. They don't seem to pose much risk for dogs unless they frolic in them or try to eat them. The bigger issue is for the humans. Zuko tends to like to pee on them.
Zuko has gotten solid enough at recall that there are times I wonder if I could hike with him off-leash. Here is the scenario that stops me: 1) Zuko gets the zoomies in field of foxtails then 2) runs through a big patch of poison oak only to 3) get stuck in a patch of thistles. I have to dive in and save him then 1) head to the hospital to get a cortisone shot for the poison oak and 2) have a foxtail dug out of my leg and 3) get antibiotics for the infected thistle scratches I have. Meanwhile, Zuko is having a good nap on my bed and shedding on my pillow.
-- Posted by Zuko's sarcastic mom