There are a lot of days when I count on the exuberance of my dogs to get my spirits up. Today, I let them lead the way for more mechanical reasons.
Kate broke trail most of the way, stick at the ready, as always.
Even little Guster forged ahead with gusto.
Clara was still able to forage for apples, even through 20 inches of snow (though she mostly stayed right on my heels - a dog more inclined to conservation of energy, which I can thoroughly understand).
Here you can get a glimpse of all three in their respective attitudes.
Today I am feeling especially appreciative of my canine companions.
It's always, always great to be out here at dawn. The character of this particular, brilliant, crystal clear, sparkling morning was especially worth the effort.