I decided we needed an adventure today so we drove drove a few towns away to a new hiking trail. It was fun and mostly uninhabited: The path was paved, there were woods on either side of the hiking path, parts of the path were shaded and it was a beautiful summer morning. Fiona made the most of it, plunging into the brush here and there and dashing along the path, returning to me, and taking off again. I think we probably covered 5 miles or so.. About halfway through I noticed a twig caught in her fur and I bent over to pull it out. Horror of horrors....it was a little green burr and then i noticed she was covered with them. To make a long story short......I now have a naked spaniel! There were just too many to work outof her coat. I am sure it would have taken days. It was a simpler solution to just shave her. On the bright side, we can now have more adventures with no worries about burrs and if we get a late summer heat wave, she will be as cool as possible.