Our dogs lead rather structured lives. They know all the cues of various activities. They go for walks at regular times. When it's time for a walk, my husband goes out to the garage to change his shoes and grab some poop bags. The Golden Girls run to the doorway, waiting for him to come inside and put the leashes on them.
They always stand so close they have to move when he opens the door.
They love to play and run in the woods behind the house.
They both invariably want the same stick as if it's the only one in the forest.
They know when suppertime arrives. At 4:30 every afternoon. (Changing to standard time is confusing for them.) They rush downstairs when my husband gets up. Our dogs have no satiety center and given a chance, they would eat themselves into obesity. They get measured portions twice daily and they are both at healthy weights. [Would it surprise you to learn that Lucy (red collar) outweighs Ellie (blue collar) by a pound and a half?] I won't dwell on it, but I really get frustrated with owners of overweight dogs, especially those who moan about the dog's arthritis or joint problems. They eat what you feed them, folks. They exercise when you take them.
Lucy stands on the shower/grooming table.
She watches my husband measure the food.
While Ellie stays closer to the food.
The girls always love the onset of Autumn with the cool crisp mornings and nice days. They will soon be given more freedom to run and play off-leash as the snakes find winter resting places. Before the onslaught of leaf peepers we will take them to places in Pisgah National Forest where they can roam and investigate the wonderful smells.
I love Autumn in the NC mountains more than any place I have ever lived. The last few years we were in Wisconsin, I rather dreaded Autumn because it heralded months of gray days and snow. I had come to hate snow, seeing it through different eyes than when the children were smaller. (And I was younger.)
Today's quote is from B.C. Forbes, founder of Forbes Magazine.
"Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in Spring who reaps a harvest in Autumn."
He was talking about living your life, not about farmers. Believe in yourself and work toward your ultimate goal of happiness.
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!