First Day of Summer

The first day of summer… for a winter-loving dog like myself, that doesn’t sound like much to celebrate. But the way I think about it, we are now one season closer to Winter. Time is certainly doing its job – passing. I wouldn’t mind if it would speed up the process and get along with it already, but Kelly the horse says that good things come to dogs who wait. I’m waiting all right … waiting for snow. Seems like a figment of my imagination almost, but I will hold on to it with hopeful anticipation. Until then …

Let the adventure begin!

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Rain or RAIN?

There are two distinctly different things in life that when written on paper, look quite the same – rain and RAIN. Sure they are spelled the same. They are even pronounced the same, although one looks like it might be said at a louder volume. But right now I am acutely aware of the distinctness; there is a difference in quantity, speed, and duration of the rainfall. The water has been falling from the sky in buckets and with little break at all – for days. I began to get “doghouse fever” and took a walk in the woods despite the incredible soaker we are having. My fur felt like it weighed about 200 pounds – it was so full of rainwater. Unfortunately, I was made aware of that right when I was standing in front of Lucy’s little den. I immediately shook, as instinct requires when one realizes the fur situation and to lighten my load for the rest of the walk home. Let’s just say that Lucy felt pretty put out at my timing. The ducks in her pond didn’t seem to even notice. All that to say ….. the precipitation we are experiencing here now is RAIN (and I won’t be allowed near Lucy’s den for a while)!

Let the adventure begin!

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Seasons Defined

I asked around and it seems that the seasons are bound by the calendar. Funny that they don’t actually fit with the weather; “here” at least. Maybe they do somewhere?! Apparently where ever that “somewhere” is, doesn’t get winter until December 21st. I don’t think I would like it where ever that is. “Here” is as good a place as any and apparently “here” it is still Spring, but not for too much longer…

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Is it summer yet?

One of the benefits of living in this part of the country is that Spring is a quite short season. Basically the only distinction between Spring and Summer is the consistency of warmer temperatures. Otherwise the two seasons look similar – wildflowers growing everywhere, birds building nests, bees gathering pollen, crops trying to quickly produce, sun shining more than not. Which leaves me wondering one thing – is it summer yet?

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False Alarm

False alarm. That was just rain pushing in and some cooler temperatures. No snow in that line of clouds! The rain cooled things off though and brought Fred the llama along for a visit as he was greatly concerned that there would be lightning. I tried to explain to him that we needed warmer temperatures for lightning and that it was safe, but he wouldn’t listen. I never knew a full-sized llama could squeeze into a dog house, but I guess if there is enough motivation…. I slept outside! Should clear up tomorrow….

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Cloudy Skies on the Horizon

Good news – clouds are lined up in the sky like thirsty dogs at a watering hole on a hot day. I think a storm could be coming. With that, this time of year in this area of the country, there could always be the possibility of a cold front – even snow! Wouldn’t that be grand! My friends don’t share that opinion, so I try to keep it to myself. But here’s hoping …..

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Swimming in Tepkins’ Pond

I tried swimming in Tepkins’ pond today. In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have entered the pond with a cannon ball. That was a mistake! I tipped Tepkins’ lily pad over like a tea kettle; French flies went flying. Tepkins is good humored about everything so he and I wound up laughing so hard that I almost swallowed a French fly. Tepkins did, but then he likes those things – not me! It did pass the time and now we are one day closer to Winter.

Let the adventure begin!

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Swimming in Lucy’s Pond

I realize now that time will pass too slowly if I just hide at home while I shed. So I ventured out yesterday. I took a swim in Lucy’s pond today, which made the ducks she watches fly all different directions. It also made Lucy worry that they would never return (then what would she do with her time?). One thing is for certain, the dip in the pond helped with my shedding and, despite my making a mess of Lucy’s den, I feel like a new dog. The water was cold and refreshing. The next best thing to snow, I’d say. The ducks returned the moment I finished shaking off. Lucy immediately stopped worrying. All is well in the woods. I might go swim at Tepkins’ pond tomorrow. Anything to cool off…

Let the adventure begin!

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Bad news!

Bad news. I know I mentioned already that the snow is gone, so that’s not “new” bad news. It has been warm here lately. The sun has been shining and the wildflowers are all a bloom (keeping Jughead very busy and preoccupied with all the scents, of course). Another thing comes along with those warmer temperatures and sunny days – I AM SHEDDING! Oh no. I will probably stay close to home for a while because I’m only half the husky I used to be. The rest of “me” is laying in clumps on the ground. This wait for winter is going to be worse than I ever imagined. I would start a countdown, but it might only make the process of winter coming feel longer. I can only hope for a late Spring snow, although I might freeze if I don’t have my coat! Either way….

Let the adventure begin!

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Which way is North?

Back from my “expotition.” Now that I think about it….. It might have been handy knowing which way was North when I went in search of the North Pole yesterday. I was going to ask Fred the llama, but I got so focussed on looking for the North Pole that I not only couldn’t find it, but I got lost myself. I walked in circles in our woods until I caught a glimpse of the top of my own dog house. I was so happy to have found home that I decided to call it a day. Maybe I will go talk to Fred later and ask him which way is North….I hope North isn’t that far away.

Let the adventure begin!

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