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February 25, 2013

Eko On Ice (Part 1)

This past weekend Eko and I exchanged the bustle of Chicago for the serenity of Northern Minnesota.  After a brief stop in Minneapolis we arrived to the lake on Friday morning.  I expected Eko to take off running after so much time in the car,

This past weekend Eko and I exchanged the bustle of Chicago for the serenity of Northern Minnesota.  After a brief stop in Minneapolis we arrived to the lake on Friday morning.  I expected Eko to take off running after so much time in the car, but as we trudged on to the lake with our fishing gear, Eko quietly trotted beside us.

As we set up, Eko took a panoramic look at the quiet surroundings.  He then took a deep stretch and ripped through the stillness with pure joy.  He truly was bliss in motion.  Ice fishing is not exactly a fast paced activity, so everyone enjoyed watching Eko romp with reckless abandon.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of Eko from that morning:

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

As always, the fun started with a bow.  After this moment, I don’t think Eko’s four paws all touched the ground at the same time for the next hour

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet blog

When sprinting, at least one paw was flying through the air Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet blog

But more often than not, Eko bounded through the snow like a bunny and had two paws in the ai

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet blog

And quite frequently, Eko had zero paws on the ground!  I half expected him to take off flying

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet blog

The snow really brought out Eko’s silly side.   When I gave him the command to play dead, he really hot-dogged it and threw himself down into the snow.  I think this might be my favorite photo from the weekend

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

The only thing tougher than catching fish was catching Eko and getting him to stand still for this photo!

We had a busy weekend and I still have to sort through photos of fishing, hockey and cross-country skiing (all firsts for both Eko and I).  I also have a lot of video footage which is even better than these photos, so I will have to get cracking on editing that for this Friday. These photos once again reminded me how great it is to travel with your dog.  Eko wasn’t just tagging along, he was actively participating and his infectious energy made the weekend more fun for everyone.  Vacation is about enjoying yourself, and I think we can all agree that dogs are experts in the field!      

Comments for Eko On Ice (Part 1)

  1. Victoria says:

    absolutely wonderful photos – especially the last one! THanks for sharing them – it always makes my day!

  2. catchatcaren says:

    Eko’s complete bliss is evident in those photos for sure!!!!!!! What fun! Can’t wait to read more! You know what though? I think he was MOSTLY happy that he wasn’t wearing those silly boots!! 🙂

  3. Great photos, I love the first one. Playtime always begins with a bow in our house!

  4. emma says:

    Great photos but I knew he would have a blast…as you know I am a seriously happy and goofy dog…I think it is the Minnesota air to make dogs happy 😉 Looking forward to seeing more!

  5. Paws to Talk says:

    Oh, what fun! Great photos! We love to play in the winter yard!
    Bella and DiDi

  6. Mustang.Koji says:

    What a happy, happy dog!

  7. Jamie says:

    Where did Ecko’s boots go?

  8. BOW WOW WOW! What pleasure in motion. Eko and tigger have so much in common. We note the boots didn’t feature but guess true freedom in wild snow doesn’t work for the free-spirited dog wearing stabilisers 😉 City streets are an altogether different thing…

  9. That is one happy dog! I love his carefree ways. Dogs have the knack for having a good time; a sense, always, of unbridled fun.

    I’m so glad you both enjoyed your weekend. Great shots. I’m looking forward to Friday’s video.

  10. Marcela says:

    Lol. You guys look great. I am glad you are one more person that feels that traveling with a dog is actually fun rather than a burden. Keep the pictures coming:)

  11. GREAT shots! I am curious as to where you got Eko’s stylish jacket would really like to get one for our RR.


  12. Love the picture of him jumping up in the snow – great shot and it looks brrrrrr

  13. Those are such great photos!!

  14. Wow it looks like a double Rittberger with a triple toeloop jump… I think 6.0 for Eko and a gold medal ;o)

  15. Shary Hover says:

    Marvelous photos! I need to take Lola out for a snow day.

  16. Boomdeeadda says:

    Great action shots. As you probably know, we lived at a lake for many years and in my humble opinion, watching ice fishing is like watching paint dry….thank goodness for EKO! I think if EKO learned to flap his ears he really might take off in flight LOL

  17. Dawn R says:

    That is just way too cute! 😀 Snow can be so much fun!!!

  18. Alohagirl says:

    LMBO!!! I love those pics Eko was having a great time. All my pups know is the beautiful beach sands of Hawaii, but soon I hope to take them to the snow, not sure how much theyll romp, but I cant wait to find out!

  19. You captured happiness on film. Great pictures and thanks again for sharing!

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