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Karen B

Organizer

& SISSY, PACK LEADER

Location:

Ballwin, MO
Hometown: Creve Coeur

Organizer since:

February 5, 2013

INTRODUCE YOURSELF & YOUR FURRY BEST FRIEND. TELL US YOUR PUP'S NAME AND BREED, and INCLUDE A PICTURE

I'm KAREN, the human in this duo. My best friend is Sissy, a 9 yr old Australian Cattle Dog (BLUE HEELER) who needs to have a "job" to do, part of the breed. She takes her job of leading this pack very seriously, and I get to drive her around to the hikes that she plans for her friends.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW (just approximate area)? And, HOW DID YOU FIND US?

I live in Ballwin area. Walking around the neighborhood is really boring so we started this group to provide a place for dog owners to bring their best friends for outings that go BEYOND THE SIDEWALK, where we can actually have FUN walking our dogs.

TELL US SOMETHING FUN OR INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR DOG... HOW DID YOU TWO FIND EACH OTHER? OR YOUR FAVORITE STORY ABOUT YOUR PUP.

Sissy is an AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG (BLUE HEELER), a very smart, busy herding breed that isn't particularly suited to living in town. Sissy would've had a life in a cage for 18+ hours a day, if I hadn't taken her. Life in town was not much of a challenge to her, but her hikes with this group have made her come alive. Cattle Dogs need to have a "job" to do. She totally focuses on her mission, which is walking me and being pack leader. Sometimes, it makes her seem unfriendly. She's a good girl, just doesn't care about "playing", only about doing her job and providing great hikes for all of her new friends. Our regular hikers know her "hiking ears" when she's doing her job and leading the dog pack.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE YOUR DOG ON A LONG WALK, MORE THAN JUST AROUND THE BLOCK?

We like to get about 10-15 miles a week. In cooler weather, we hike a 5-8 mile trip weekly, with a couple of 2-3 mile trips on days that we're tired or short on time. We just do what we can in the summer.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PARKS FOR HIKING?

We love the more rugged, isolated trails like the CHUBB, some of the ROCKWOOD RESERVATION TRAILS, CEDAR BLUFF and Conservation Areas. SISSY is very good offleash and I can let her run there. Those trails are better with a group, just too isolated to do alone. We also love CASTLEWOOD when we're by ourselves (who doesn't love Castlewood?) and QUEENY and ROCK HOLLOW/ZOMBIE ROAD are fun because we can handle a larger group here and get to meet some of our new members.

Introduction

I'm SISSY, PACK LEADER, and I LIKE TO HIKE! My person started this group so I could meet "like-minded" dogs

What Karen B is saying about this Meetup Group

The Castlewood Creek Walk is still my all-time favorite thing to do with my dog. Thanks to all of our wet dogs and wet-footed people for helping us to enjoy this fabulous play day for the pups, even in the hottest of hot weather!


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