Sunday, May 10, 2015
The dogs really like these after-rain walks. You can tell that the smells are intensified for them – they eagerly dash hither and yon, chasing the wisps their noses catch. Me, I just smell the wet earth from the alfalfa fields we're walking past.
For some reason the dogs were completely disinterested in the earthworms this morning. Even Race, who ate about a hundred of them a few mornings ago, just completely ignored them. Weird. Maybe they weren't too digestible :)
Mo'i (with the green leash) is speed-regulated by the slope of our path. On the steeper uphill parts, we're walking at a lazy human pace. On the level bits, we're making a kind of normal human pace. On the downhill stretches, we're zipping along at a brisk pace. It feels like I could model his pace in software very easily, by assuming a certain amount of friction, mass, and a little locomotive force. The other two, were they controlling the pace, would have us at a flat-out run no matter what the slope was. The model for them would be even easier: a fixed speed!