One of my main criteria in searching for a dog was ensuring that it would be very active and able to go on hikes with me in the field. I finally got to test the little guy out this past weekend on a 3 day camping/canoeing trip with my brother Brian. Cid is deathly afraid of water, but he tolerated the canoe well and was very good about hopping in and out of it on his own. His favorite activity was the hiking. We took a a few long hikes and he loved the freedom of running through the woods. He is great off a leash and never strays farther then 20-30 feet. He basically ran around sniffing and chewing on sticks. When we did catch some herps, he calmy laid down nearby and waited until we were done photographing the animals. I could never have wished for a better hiking companion.
He didn't start out too active - catching up on sleep with the snake.
Due to his fear of water, I decided to get a life vest for him in case he decided to leap off the canoe. He can swim, although his rear end tends to drop down a bit in his state of panic.
Sporting the vest, prior to the first trip. He knows something is up and is hanging back a little.
Still not sure about this... We had been canoeing for a while and he was as far from the water as the tall grass would allow.
Showing some love for his new buddy, Brian, prior to another attempt at swimming.
The aftermath of the swim, hating us...
Doesn't mind the canoe too much...
At camp the last night.
Enjoying one of the hikes, and his biggest stick of the weekend.
I can't wait to get him out for some more hikes in the future. I look forward to many finds with my new little buddy.