Lucy does not play well with other dogs. She is not agressive or shy; she simply doesn't seem to know how to interact in the dog world. We frequently took both dogs to a wonderful dog park near our house in WI. Ellie would make friends immediately and play and play with all sorts of other dogs. Lucy would tag along after Ellie for a while and then simply go looking for owners who would give her pats and praise. Even in puppy kindergarten during "mingle" time, Lucy ignored the other puppies and went from one owner to another.
Perhaps because of this, Lucy can amuse herself for very long periods of time. If Ellie cannot be coaxed to play, Lucy will play by herself.
I think I'll get the blue tug.
I can race myself around the room.
Do you have a stopwatch Dad?
I can flip the tug over my neck!
Isn't that cool?
There was a time we bemoaned the fact that our NC General Assembly was a do-nothing group. Well, be careful what you wish for. We now have the most active Senators and Representatives you can imagine. They meet late into the night. They have passed many laws during this session, almost all of them negatively affecting the poor and the environment. But giving to the rich and big business, eliminating taxes for them. Their argument is that eliminating corporate taxes will bring in more companies. (In reality, it is more likely repayment to the folks who purchased their seats.) And they fail to tell us how that lost revenue will be recouped, other than cuts in programs already scaled back to the bare bones.
We now have "Moral Mondays" in which people gather outside the General Assembly to protest the cuts in programs for the poor. Every Monday concerned citizens gather; members of the clergy, school teachers, volunteers in service to mothers and children and other citizens who are not pleased that the State government is taking from the poor during a time when they are already most vulnerable. And every Monday people are arrested, including preachers, priests, nuns, nurses and even a reporter who was there only to report the event. And still they gather to make their voices heard.
Today's appropriate quote comes from American author and essayist Edward Abbey:
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!
HONOR YOUR FATHER