soffdog.jpgI looked forward to cold weather for months now so I could take my jog off the beaten path and give my running partner, Sadie the Dog, a chance to behave au naturel on our daily romps. This photo catches Sadie in a candid shot a week or so ago on one of those first cold days, pausing to sense out some sound she heard in the brushy distance.

Dogs need moments like these, free from the leash and the kennel, to be themselves. The three-plus mile cross-country route is good exercise, too (for beast as well as master).

Why do we have to wait for the cold weather to go this route? So we’ll be sure that the Cottonmouths and the Copperheads are fast asleep!