On a brilliant, not-too-hot Sunday morning, we took our out-of-town guests on a visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens.
When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the staff who were all smiles upon seeing Ruby. (Any puppy raiser can tell you, we SO appreciate when that happens!) They even had dog biscuits behind the counter – an unexpected treat!
We've spent the summer really working on Ruby's outdoor loose-leash walking (with varied success) and I wasn't sure how she'd do in this Magical Land of a Thousand Smells. Because we had guests, I was a little worried as I didn't want anyone to feel rushed or uncomfortable if things didn't go smoothly. But, as always, the doggies are gonna surprise you – oh my girl, you did me so proud, better than I ever could have expected.
She was fascinated by this fountain as the water raised and lowered, but she never broke her "sit."
She was very patient with me when I would pause,
and of course, from time to time as we strolled, I would let her explore the sights and scents too!
I had really been looking forward to seeing the Henry Moore exhibit, Moore In The Gardens. His monumental sculptures have been installed throughout the gardens and seeing them in this setting was sensational....
and nearly as impressive as Ruby's focus!
While in the Japanese gardens, she had an interesting sensory experience on the stone path. At first she walked tentatively, it felt very strange on her paws! But she checked it out and quickly became accustomed to it.
You know, it was funny; we were strolling through the Japanese gardens, calm, cool, quiet. Then she spied this little structure and it was the only time she pulled me – she wasn't seeking shade, she didn't want to sniff anything, she just wanted to be inside it. Was it zen, good karma, Ruby showing her spiritual side? I don't know, but it was just where she wanted to be. So sweet, one of those moments I'll always remember.
A nice break for cool drinks and some lovin'...
and a little while longer to answer some questions,
take in a few more blooms,
and just enjoy each others' company.
To top off a perfect day, we stopped in the gift shop and continued our tradition of amusing Ruby with funny hats!
Today's outing was made possible by the letters "G" and "L," without which you cannot spell "Gentle Leader," without which I really believe we would not have been so successful!