I wanted to go on a morning Meetup hike and didn’t know how the group would feel about Brandy. She especially enjoys sniffing and exploring, so I thought it best not to risk it. I walked Brandy in our neighborhood around sunrise so that she wouldn’t miss her walk. I fed her and told her, “Bye, bye”, which she understands to mean I’m leaving without her. Because it was early morning, she seemed to sense that I was leaving for a hike, not an errand. She’s normally quiet when I leave, but this time she was somewhat animated.
I had an enjoyable, relatively short hike around Lake Poway, with a side-trip to Creekside Trail in Blue Sky Preserve.
When I returned, Brandy was ecstatic. Shirley told me she had taken a video of Brandy’s reaction to my leaving without her.