Mr. Wild Dingo and I paid a visit to the Foundation de l'Hermitage last weekend. It's a 19th century estate with a small art collection of 800 or so paintings, mostly impressionists. There were a few Degas and some Picasso and a whole bunch of artists I have never heard of.
I mainly went for a tour of the grounds and the house itself. That was worth the visit. The extensive grounds of the Neo-Gothic villa is landscaped with exotic trees and sits high above the city with views of Lausanne and Lake Geneva and of course the Alps.
Beyond the hill, in the back of the estate are plenty of hiking and walking trails and there is a reserve for ibexes and other alpine animals.
One of the trails showed these signs above. In his excellent command of the French language, Mr. Wild Dingo translated: "Black dogs must be on-leash and white dogs can be off-leash." Nah!, The Swiss aren't discriminant, are they?
Later in the weekend the four of us went "trout trailin'" on our favorite trails.
We climbed some hills.
And Juno demonstrated her good trotting form. Just look at that leg extension. Very nice. Her leg muscles are getting big, she now sits very squarely and she lays down directly on her belly with both legs tucked under evenly instead of flopping to one side. The treadmill is working wonders and so is the jogging. And she lost another .3 kg (or .5 lbs), now officially at 28.7 kg.
Still, she shows Mr. Wild Dingo her excellent memory for all the work they did two summers ago and recalled perfectly to him, expecting good payment of course!
At the usual cross roads, we met another Chinese dog, a Shar Pei puppy who was smitten with Juno and followed her everywhere.
Loki didn't quite know what to make of him until later when the puppy got a bit pushy and Loki got a bit, well, Loki. He was a sweet little thing though and his older black Labrador brother was equally charming and better versed in the "politics of dog."
I have a fleeting moment of feeling so lucky.
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