As you may already know, Collies are a herding breed. They were bred to herd sheep for hours and hours. In order to do this they needed to have a great deal of energy. Sometimes I feel like Petal has endless energy. Endless. I see it as a pro, rather than a con, most of the time. Having an active dog keeps me active. If I didn’t have an active breed I wouldn’t do much in the form of exercise or exploring outside. It’s just not as enjoyable for me without a four-legged walking buddy.
On Tuesday Petal went on her first hike on an actual hiking trail. She had a blast, to the point where she had a moment where she just took off like bullet and ran around with uncontrollable excitement. I had to put her leash back on her. It was great to see her having so much fun.
The hiking trail itself was short but we ended up walking to a local ice cream place which made our walk/hike a total of 7.8 miles. We were pretty much dead afterwards and Petal allowed me to skip our daily walk on Wednesday so we could sleep in and be couch potatoes.
Another activity we like to do is play. We play indoors nearly everyday. Petal loves to run or hide or play keep away with a favorite toy. I was able to capture this silly video while we were playing inside several weeks ago. Petal was running up and down the hall, sometimes fetching her toy and sometimes running just for the sake of running. I grabbed my iPad Mini and started recording her (because she was being truly crazy and ridiculous). She comes running at me with great enthusiasm and slightly crazed look in her eye (the “omg! Must. Do. Zoomies!!!” look) and then suddenly she’s rebounding off my iPad Mini.
What the heck? I was laughing so hard.
Does your dog have endless energy? What do you do with your dog to burn some of that energy and stay sane?