Friday, August 12, 2016

We Love Lucy

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.



Lowcarb team member said...

Can you believe another Friday comes around and yes, it's mid August!
We are currently experiencing some warm sunny days ... which invariably means thunder storms will follow. But while the days are good it's lovely to be out and about.

I always enjoy reading and seeing photo's of Lucy, they somehow make the world seem saner than it is at present!

Enjoy your Friday and have a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

NanaNor's said...

Your Lucy is so beautiful and seems so healthy and happy. I've had other dogs that were quicker on obedience too, but Hunter is pretty good.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

robin andrea said...

Whenever I read about Lucy (and Ellie) it makes me want to get a doggie. I have such a deep love for them, and I'm never sure why I just don't do it. Maybe someday. Hope the weather changes for more sunshine, but not too hot. Love the Robin Williams quote. Such interesting times we are living in.

Cheryl said...

Dear Lucy.....
She looks well and happy, long may that last.

Robin Williams quote is true I believe. Some people just love to provoke.

We had a clear night.......what an amazing spectacle.
I felt part of the whole thing, breath taking.

Have a good weekend.

Arkansas Patti said...

Had to laugh at Lucy's slow to respond when interested. Normally Callie sprints when I clap my hands twice but if she has found something interesting she turns deaf. Only when I firmly say "NOW" does she respond. Kind of like a kid.
Hum, ya think Robin knew Donald?

Ginnie said...

Isn't it interesting how dogs can be so different from each other ...even when they are the same breed and look so much alike Ellie and Lucy did.
We've had some very heavy downpours in our part of NC but nothing that floods and does the damage like in some unlucky parts of the country.

KGMom said...

Dog for president. Which one, you say? Take your pick...any one fog would be better than...

Carolina Linthead said...

I love that dog...such a personality she has! Yes, I would vote for a yellow dog before I would vote for that 8-year-old bully.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Jan - I simply cannot believe how fast this summer has gone by.

Noreen - Hunter does seem to be the perfect dog for you.

Robin - Yes, we are indeed living in some of the most interesting times imaginable. Just when we think we are insulated from surprises another one comes along.

Cheryl - So glad you had a clear sky. Must have been gorgeous to watch the shooting stars from your lovely garden.

Patti - I do think Robin was certainly on target.

Ginnie - I have other friends in eastern NC who also got several downpours.

Donna - LOL

Linthead - I do think DJT has made more Yellow-Dog Democrats than anyone I can think of.