Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

The Season of Mud


The season of mud has arrived.  I think it’s called spring in other more modern places.

mud and dog walking

My running trails look like this now. Aren’t my Mucks pretty!?

I do like this season because it means things will be green soon, but I don’t like this season because before things get green, they’re very brown and wet.  It also means the bugs and bears will be out soon.

This favourite season of mine also makes running tricky.  You see, I like trail running and the trails are mostly mud and/or soft impassable snow right now.  Which means I have to run on the paved community trail in town.  That means Kobi is “supposed” to be on a leash.  She’s not very good on a leash, more like I’m not very good on a leash.  I don’t heel well and I also don’t sprint, stop, sniff and repeat with the same level of enthusiasm she does.

dog running

The view on most of my runs. Yes, we were breaking the law and I was off-leash.

This season of mud also brings with it random snow-storms and other extreme weather events like severe wind and hailstorms.  Two more of my favourite things.

dog and hail storm

Kobi’s please-don’t-make-me-run-in-this-hailstorm face.

dog catching ball

We had snow showers and hail storms all on the same day!

As a result of the mud and nasty weather (aka hail storm), I have not run much this week.  But Kobi did have her first bath of 2015.

dog bath

Casper was supervising. Kobi really doesn’t mind baths, but you can’t tell that by the look on her face.

I’m sure things will dry up soon enough and I’ll be back on the dirt trails worrying about bear encounters.

Does your dog like baths? Which do you prefer, running in a hailstorm or severe wind or both?  What’s your favourite season?

Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

19 thoughts on “The Season of Mud

  1. We are just getting over the mud season, trails are now starting to dry up. Hopefully you and Kobi will be back on the trails real soon. Mt favourite season is fall! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing Angie,

  2. I love that you have two beautiful WHITE pets down in Mudville! I was on the trails in my neck of the woods this past weekend and am happy to report that they’re firming up! Great pictures! 🙂

  3. Our dog HATES all water; bath, puddles, rain…hates it. Loves SNOW…sleeps on it, jumps in it. Though she is a retired sled dog 😉 If I had to pick, I would probably go with hail storm over severe wind. I love Spring too…just getting there is yucky.

  4. I enjoy all the seasons, but mud season is my least favourite. Bax does not like the bath untill it’s over, then he runs around like a fool to air dry!

    • Mud is my least favourite too. That’s totally Kobi. First she shakes and gets water everywhere then goes nuts with the towel and air drying! Aren’t they fun!!

  5. We got our biggest snowstorm of the season here on Wednesday. And BOOM! it’s all gone. Things dry here so fast I almost never run in muddy conditions which I am totally happy about.

  6. Amazing photos of Kobi playing catch and with the cat and the bath. Love them!

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