I would buy the book!
That sounds lovely. What happy memories to be hiking with your beloved and watching his sheer joy.
Jasper LOVED the beach. Big open spaces where she could run and twist and turn. She would play with sea weed, throwing it up in the air and leaping up to catch it.
Oh and she was also maaaaad for tangerine! Someone could waft a steak infront of her nose whilst she was asleep and she wouldn't react, but start peeling a tangerine and she will be up like a shot and whinning at you to share it.
It's nice to talk about their traits isn't it :-)