We’re gonna go paddle boarding, probably go for a hike. Sounds exciting, eh? You can show everybody what you can do? Gem was injured in a domestic dispute at three-and-a-half-weeks old. We couldn’t get her to a vet very quickly, so they had to fly her in. The swelling around her spinal cord hardened. We’ve been told that can’t operate without losing complete use of her backend. So in the beginning, she didn’t move as much. She more hops. We call it ‘scooch.’ She scooches, pop, pop, pops up, and then she walks for a little bit until she loses the balance. She’s just a go-getter. She never quits, and she just loves life. Cart’s in the truck? Okay. Her sleeping bag? In the truck. Okay. Her treats and food? Check. Do we have everything? Yeah, I think so. I think we’re good. Sweet! Let’s go, Gem! She’s never been to Sleeping Giant. I think she’s gonna love it, especially once she gets in the wheels and runs around. She always starts out a little bit nervous for everything new at first, But once she starts doing it, she just gets right in there. Gem! Are you ready to go on an adventure? Gem’s never been out to Sleeping Giant at all. She’s never paddle boarded. Lots of firsts for Gem. “I’m outta here!” What a difference in carts, eh? She loves going for hikes and walks. I think she feels like all the other dogs when she hikes. Are you gonna push her back? Good job! Come on, buddy! You got this. She tries to do everything the other dogs do. You made it, Gem! Good job. Good job, Gemmy. Sometimes I think she’d do this forever. She’s learning her limitations. But she doesn’t seem to quite know them. I can’t believe it’s raining. The weatherman said it was zero percent chance of rain both days. I’m just gonna cuddle with Gem. For me, it’s nap time. Come on, Gemmy! Let’s go paddle boarding. Let’s stick your leg in down there. One bad incident hasn’t changed her life. And she still can forgive, forget, and move on, and be happy. I think Gem had the biggest smile on her face when she was paddle boarding. She loved it. She loved that I was doing the work. That might have been her favorite part of the day. Gem rocked it. She took on some pretty big rocks, pretty big cliffs, Sometimes she fails and falls, sometimes I have to pick her up and carry her, but she still does it.