Last Saturday I went on the Hot Springs trail with a couple of my friends. My friend Ineka brought her white golden retriever named Bodhi. Bodhi was named after the Bodhi tree. The Bodhi tree resembles peace and tranquility. This name definitely fits Bodhi. He is like a big friendly giant. Bodhi is a very relaxed and happy dog. Originally Bodhi’s name was Prince Cornelius.
When Ineka was 5, her mom Trish flew to Canada in the snow to get Bodhi. Bodhi’s parents were show dogs. There were a BUNCH of puppies in his litter. All the puppies were purebred just like Bodhi. When Trish first saw Bodhi, she said that he looked like a giant puff-ball! On her way back from Canada, she had to carry him on her lap. One of the flight attendants got mad at Trish, so she had to hide Bodhi under her seat.
Bodhi is unique in many ways. First of all, Bodhi has a much bigger head than most golden retrievers. Also, he is not a very good retriever. Whenever Bodhi plays fetch, he will run to get the toy but never bring it back. So he sits on the grass until someone comes to him to throw the toy again. Bodhi in a way can be a very naughty dog. Sometimes when he does something he is not supposed to, he will put his head down and look up out of the corner of his eyes to see if anyone is looking.
Bodhi has 2 main hobbies: sleeping and eating. He especially likes to sleep on the cold ground. When he gets too hot, he will go to the bathroom just to lye on the cold tile. The things that Bodhi likes to eat are not edible. His favorite things to chew on are tissues and any clothes that Ineka leaves on her floor.
Since Bodhi is ten years old now, he did a great job on the hike this weekend. Dogs that old usually are not able to go on long walks anymore, but Bodhi did not seem to have a problem with it. We only had to take a couple breaks for him so he could get water or swim. If you live in the Santa Barbara area, I recommend taking your dogs on the Hot Springs trail. This trail is perfect for dogs because it has waterfalls so your dog can swim. It is not a long hike either so your dog won’t get exhausted. If you have any questions or comments about hiking or Bodhi, leave a comment down below!