Here we are in mid-August already. Summer is beginning to wane here with the trees having dusky rather than bright shiny green leaves as they prepare to turn for Autumn. We got some rain. Lots of rain. Seven inches of rain. I hope the good folks who have been praying for rain stop praying for a few weeks.
Lucy has had a good week although she has often been wet. With such scattered showers it's difficult to determine when it's safe to be out for a while. And invariably we get caught sometimes. We keep fresh towels on a bench inside the garage for drying her. One more perk of a long marriage...we have lots of old towels now relegated to dog towels.
We don't make many demands on our dogs. But one we insist upon is to come to us when we call. Our Ellie was best at recalls. No matter how interested she was in something, she immediately stopped and came when called. Lucy? Not so perfect. We have to continually work on recalls with her as she "forgets" or pretends she doesn't hear. She does indeed respond pretty consistently but sometimes her forward progress is really slow, dawdling like a reluctant toddler. Even inside the house, she might make a circle around the kitchen and dining room before coming to the stairs.
If she is not terribly interested in something, Lucy tends to come quickly and happily. If she is investigating something she is neither quick nor happy. Her body language is very telling.
All right, I'm coming. I don't like it but I'm coming.
There are so many things to love about dogs. But one of the very best is that they are who they are and they always let you know exactly how they feel. They are not mean-spirited.
Which cannot be said about one of our Presidential candidates. Interestingly enough, the candidate whose supporters love that he "tells it like it is" has become notorious for emphatically saying something many times and suddenly back-tracking by dismissing the comments as "sarcasm" or "just joking." That doesn't always work even in third grade where it is common among eight-year-olds.
Which brings our quote for today. This from the late Robin Williams:
"People also say the weirdest things, sometimes sarcastic things, and even evil things. They like to provoke to get a reaction."
I hope that you are enjoying the summer, especially the fresh vegetables. Nothing is quite the same as a fresh, ripe summer tomato. Hope you had better luck than I did in viewing the Perseid Meteor Shower. Nothing here visible but overcast skies. Oh, well. There's always next year.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE