The community where my dad lives in New Jersey is called 'Sunset Lakes'. It's not a very large community, and really only hosts two lakes. One bigger one, and one secondary smaller one next to the big one.
The larger lake is right across the street from my dad's house, and there is a nice little path around it for people to use. It's also stocked with fish so people can enjoy some catch and release fishing.
It's for sure pretty to look at.
|What a nice view!|
Though however nice the views Mom kept our walk sort of quick, because when you looked under the tree shades all you could see where black swarms of annoying little gnats.
|This view made me go 'EW YUCK.'|
But quick didn't necessarily mean that I didn't get the chance to check out what some of the other dogs in the community were saying.
|Elvis the golden was here!|
Later this same day Dad, Mom and I went out for another walk elsewhere...a nice long 2.5 mile one. Sadly, Mom didn't bring her camera so there are no pictures from that excursion...though one sad thing came of it.
Mom and Dad decided that I would not be joining them on further such trips!
|What?! Why can't I go?!|
They have assured me it has nothing to do with anything I've done...but that ticks are going to be BAD this year. After my walk with Dad and Mom, Mom gave me a good look over for those evil blood-sucking critters.
She found more then a dozen, and then four more when we got back to the house after she gave me an after woods-walk bath.
And this is while wearing a Seresto collar, with K9 Advantix AND a natural tick/bug repellent (used sort of like a human's bug spray).
That was a lot of icky little critters for such a little walk, on a pretty well maintained path while Mom kept me on close leash so I couldn't get into the brush.
They will still be going out hiking (heavily bug sprayed up, with tucked in layers and hats and crazy body-lookovers when they get back) and Mom will still share those hiking pictures...I just will not be involved.
I'm sad about Mom and Dad's decision...but I DO know it's probably for the best for me.