Cowboy wasn’t feeling great this morning but he perked up as any New Mexican would at the sight of spring runoff in lower Las Huertas Creek. The creek ran more often during the lifetimes of my three previous dream ranch dogs, Sadie, Molly and Cooper. Even Orno Creek just below us used to run most springs. Orno retained a pool and Sadie and Molly cooled off in it after hikes. Kind neighbors keep a pool for Cowboy on the bank of Las Huertas but after seven dry years here I think this was the first time he’d seen the creek flowing below the canyon, not counting flash floods.