|Rouge Park ~ Woodlands|
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The great, warm weather we have had this May has allowed me to step up my game and be more active at some exciting locations.
In this area in 1957, Hurricane Hazel wiped out all the area cottages. Since then, the area has become Canada's largest "urban wilderness park". Remnants of cottages abandoned, are eerily scattered along the path. A few old relics made for great photo shoot!
|In 1954 Hurricane Hazel hit Southern Ontario|
On Oct. 15, 1954, the most famous hurricane in Canadian history struck Southern Ontario. Hurricane Hazel pounded the city of Toronto with 110 km/hr winds and more than 200 millimetres of rain in less than 24 hours. Bridges and streets were washed out, homes and trailers were washed into Lake Ontario. Thousands were left homeless, and 81 were killed – 35 of them on one street alone. ~ The Wrath of Hurricane Hazel
Kodee and Becky are great hikers! Kodee paces herself really well and we can go quite a few miles and she never tires. Becky has improved this year but she still needs to work on it some more. It's really important to watch her in humid weather to ensure she is pacing herself.
In total we walked 15k this week - aren't you impressed?
Hiking With Our Dogs Lessons Learned
- Keep them fit all year by aiming for 5-7 days of walking, for an average of 30 minutes (great to ensure better heart health for Cavaliers since they are prone to heart problems like Mitral Valve Disease - MVD)
- Sometimes Becky wears an Easy Walk Harness to help slow her down which keeps her breathing evenly paced. She is prone to a reverse sneeze so this is important or us.
- Carry a good supply of water and snacks; for them and me!
- Use cooling coats if the weather is hot and or humid (ask me how I made one for under $20!)
- In dense bush, I wrap their legs like a horse with self stick bandaging (the kind the Vet puts on after a blood draw) to protect their feathers from gathering twigs, burrs and the rest of the forest
- Slather on paw wax to protect their paws when on hot city pavement
- Carry a mini first aid kit (including any medications) in a waist pouch. Kodee is on medication that must be given 3x a day and I don't like to assume I will make it home.
- Sometimes I bring their 20' leashes if there will be an open area for them to run. My dogs do not have 100% recall especially if a squirrel happens by!
Welcome Happy Summer Daytrips and Hiking Everyone!
What's your tail's tale on summer fitness?
~ Ramblings by Debbie