Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Singing in the...

Rain!  DAYS of rain!  My garden is excited.  Rain, glorious rain! 

What about the dogs?  We usually keep them happy by jogging laps around the backyard.  Keeper sticks to the porch more often than usual.  She'll "sit out" a lap here and there, now that she's older.  Riff ducks his head in the rain, and blinks his eyes in a goofy way, but is totally willing to do as many laps as we can around the yard.  We play a hide-and-seek game with the toys.   I jog on the little flat section of our trail, and across the patio...but I'm pretty careful going up and down the steps.  Riff runs as fast as he can everywhere he goes. The rain feels fresh and wonderful. 

Since the round pen at the sheep ranch is a lake, and the agility fields are bogged down, we run around the backyard instead.  Sometimes we'll put on rain gear and hike with the dogs through almost-empty regional parks.  You have to be ready for the 'wet dog' aura that will grace your vehicle on the way home.  Doggy smiles make it worth it. 

We wash a heckalotta muddy towels, these days....

My favorite rainy day activity?  Once the oatmeal cookies are baked, I like to sit in front of the fireplace with a good book, and with a couple of tired, fluffy dogs at my feet.

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