We try to take Bernard and Ellsworth on as many walks as possible to acclimate them to new sights, smells and sounds.

We’re very fortunate to live right next to the Rio Grande and its network of irrigation ditches and paths.

The boys are very observant and rarely miss anything new. Just as he is at home, Ellsworth is a remarkable sentinel out on our walks.

Every now and then, we catch a lovely sight on the trail. Yesterday, it was a new bird. A very blue bird.

A blue grosbeak. Stunning, isn’t he? He was as blue as the sky.

Like life, the trail is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. ♥