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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Playground Song" feat. Tango and Molly

Tango and Molly
out in the SBP,
P-L-A-Y-I-N-G
First comes chasing,
then comes tackling,
then comes two tuckered pups
ready for naps!

Watching these two play was downright hilarious! Except for the part where they thought that it would be funny to play in between my legs and they almost chopped me down like a tree. No amount of coffee, energy drink, or spoonfuls of sugar could ever get my energy to match Tango and Molly's. It's that puppy energy, the kind of energy that I will never get back! Anyways, I guess I will just have to live vicariously through them! Have a splendid and energetic day everyone!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

"Monday" feat. Cooper

Monday's can be RUFF. Take Cooper's word for it. He had just the most miserable morning ever (but not really)! His chatty neighbor woke him up and invited him to share a cup of coffee, or maybe to read the paper with him. No, Cooper wanted to sleep. But then he couldn't fall back asleep because he had to go to the bathroom, but he didn't want to get out of bed because he was comfortable. When he couldn't take it anymore, he hobbled out of bed to go to the bathroom and then he decided that since he was up that he might as well socialize with his neighbors. Cooper brightened up at breakfast because I mean, it's breakfast! Cooper then relaxed in bed reading his book, Marley and Me. He already saw the movie, so he knows how it ends. When Cooper got to a good stopping point, he decided that it was time for his morning run. He went out to the Star Buddy park where he met up with several of his friends. He met up with Mack and they romped around for a bit. Cooper let out a big yawn and plopped down on the bed of sand. He is not the best at being a morning person, so a mid-morning nap seemed like an appropriate thing to do. However, that did not happen! Not when all of his friends were begging for his attention. Thankfully Cooper went back to his room where he comfortably took a nap outside.

I personally feel bad for Monday. I mean, how many people actually like Monday. How many of you like Monday? We are always looking forward to Friday. Friday is the cool kid that everyone wants to hang out with. Monday is the teacher that always gives you a ton of homework on the weekend. I think that we should all take some time to love Monday. Cooper took the time to love Monday, and what a great day he had! He moved at the speed of a turtle, took time to smell the entire perimeter of the park, and he even made a new friend! Monday, we love ya!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

"Hello My Name Is..." feat. Quincy (and Dixie)
 
Say hello to Quincy! This handsome Boston Terrier had his first day of Daycare today. Quincy, an adorable little homebody, embarked on a great journey today. Dropped off by his dad, Quincy wasn't quite sure what kind of adventure he was getting himself into. He couldn't on whether or not to be excited. Like most on their first day for anything, Quincy was nervous, quiet, and shy. Quincy had a list of several worries; he was worried that he wouldn't make friends, worried about how his day was going to go, and he even worried about whether or not he would smell good to the other fur-friends. But as soon as Quincy met all of our little fur-friends, and they seemed okay with how he smelled, Quincy came out of his shell rather quickly. 
 
Quincy strolled with Gandalf and Maggie. Him and Maggie, similar in personality, really hit it off. Both stayed near each other and enjoyed each others presence as they walked around the park.
Quincy is such a silly boy, he loved rolling around in the grass with Gandalf. 

Thank you for hanging out with us today Quincy! We are so happy that you had a great first day of Daycare!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

"Fall" feat. Finnegan 
 
Out of the four seasons, Fall is by far my favorite. I watch in slow motion as the world changes from lively greens to burnt oranges, fiery reds, and warm browns. It beholds this unique beauty. It limbos between dying and death. It is the last breath of Summer before Winter coats us with unpredictable snowfall. It is full of Mythology and Harvest.
 
Fall is made of many things: sweaters, blankets, soup, hot apple cider, apple cinnamon donuts...the list could go on. Fall makes me want to cuddle up with a delicious book of Fiction, or a warm cup of Poetry. Speaking of poetry, and speaking of dogs, Mary Oliver. Such a woman, such a poet exists who loves dogs as much as Dog Star loves dogs (and I am sure that there are many others). Mary Oliver has a book of poetry called "Dog Songs," and it is really quite wonderful. I've decided on a couple quotes that are my favorite.

"Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble.
A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog
is also a hedonist."
 
Isn't that what we all should be? A hedonist. Life is made up of many things. Many great and terrible things. But what is life without pleasure? Happiness is made up of simple every day pleasures, happiness is made up of pleasures that we seek out. And the most important thing to life is enjoying the pleasure of living. 
 
We can learn how to be hedonist's just by watching our fur-friends. A chewed up Frisbee found in the pond becomes new to Finnegan. He relishes in the fact that he can play fetch. It is so easy to take something so simple as finding a used Frisbee to find pleasure.
 
Another favorite by Mary Oliver is this one:
"But I want to extol not the sweetness nor the placidity of the dog, but the wilderness out of which he cannot step entirely, and from which we benefit. For wilderness is our first home too, and in our wild ride into modernity with all its concerns and problems we need also all the good attachments to that origin that we can keep or restore. Dog is one of the messengers of that rich and still magical first world. The dog would remind us of the pleasures of the body with its graceful physicality, and the acuity and rapture of the senses, and the beauty of forest and ocean and rain and our own breath. There is not a dog that romps and runs but we learn from him...Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased.

The other dog—the one that all its life walks leashed and obedient down the sidewalk—is what a chair is to a tree. It is a possession only, the ornament of a human life. Such dogs can remind us of nothing large or noble or mysterious or lost. They cannot make us sweeter or more kind.

Only unleashed dogs can do that. They are a kind of poetry themselves when they are devoted not only to us but to the wet night, to the moon and the rabbit-smell in the grass and their own bodies leaping forward.”
 
I love Mary Oliver's perspective on the world, a perspective learned from the perspective of a dog. Because what we miss, our fur-friends catch. Seek out pleasure, return to that magical first world. Take a lesson in life from a dog, you never know what you might learn!
 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"First Smile Is Free, Second One Will Cost A Scratch" feat. Riley
 
Karma is a force to be reckoned with. At the end of each day every good and bad deed are tallied up, much like a pro and con list, whichever one outweighs the other is the deciding factor for the day to come. Yesterday had me shouting Why! up to the sky, asking what I did to deserve the soaking that I received.  Now, whether you believe in karma or not (I do sometimes), I felt like I needed to correct yesterday's wrongs so that today could be right. And what better way to clear the board of a bad day other than by taking a nap! 

My days spent with our fur-friends has seeped its way into my brain, my fur-friends have barked their way into my subconscious. I dreamed about my day in a much better light. It was a beautiful day. Not an unrealistic beautiful, but it wasn't raining. It was a quaint Fall day. All my fur-friends were happy and well-behaved. They did hilarious things like talk to me and perform back-flips, cartwheels, and somersaults. And as weird as my dream was, it helped! It turned my day around and I looked forward to tomorrow (which is today).
 
Today, competing with yesterday, surpassed it in quality by a long shot. Although there was a slight drizzle this morning, my coffee was on point and my fur-friends were at their best. Riley came in smelling like a man! Old Man Kirby didn't have an accident to clean up. Runs were a blast! Ska helped trim up a tree by breaking off a branch, and then she proceeded to eat it, but she also shared! Many great pictures were taken. There were so many smiling faces! 
 
I am always so happy to see you all (my fur-friends) bright and early. I love the conversations we share (sometimes one-sided). Thank you fur-friends for making my day so great!
 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"I Heart Water" feat. Sampson

This photograph could not speak more truth. It describes today with a great amount of honesty; speaking what I feel and expressing what I cannot. I, Queen of the Words, deem today 'Lay In A Puddle' Day. 

What has this weather done to me (I apologize in advance if my thoughts scatter themselves). It teases me so, lying and deceiving me all morning. Granted I could have watched the weather report last night, or looked it up this morning, but that spoils the surprise of the day! I was warm so I shed my layers and cursed myself in the process by saying "I know that it's going to rain," and headed out on my first run. It started to rain. Naturally. My appearance now matches that of the dogs. Wet. 

The rain crept its wetness up my pants, and down, until they met at the knees. My glasses were useless to me, my vision was going to be blurred no matter what. I was involved in a mud fight, to which I lost miserably. To my defense I was outnumbered. Five against one doesn't seem very fair. And I couldn't technically fight back because who throws mud at a dog?! I was pushed out of the way. Jumped on more times than I could keep track of. And the rain never cut me a break.

But I couldn't say no to the happiness that my fur-friends were radiating, as if making a Sun of their own. And I ate chocolate cake before eleven o' clock. So really, who is the real winner here?

Anna: 1
Today: 0

Now, back to the picture. Why does Sampson laying in that big puddle of water describe today perfectly? Because sometimes you have to take the day as it is. Puddles and all. 

Did I get wet? Yes. My pants feel painted on. But more importantly, did I survive? Yes. And did I laugh and/or smile today? ...maybe. Today was by no means a normal day, but who wants normal anyways.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

"Tell Me I'm Pretty" feat. Dexter

Meet my friend Dexter!
                      He is a special boy who likes to help me write the blog (although I think he went a little excessive with the space bar). 
 
Dexter loves to skip and hop around outside on his run with his friends. He is one energetic fluff ball! Dexter loves to have cuddle time with his human friends, and you won't ever hear him say no to a massage! He may be small, but Dexter has got a big heart, he is such a sweetheart. He loves to play with the big boys, but he also enjoys his time with his small friends (sometimes his big friends forget about his little size). Dexter, despite the dreary weather, had a wonderful day today. Thank you Dexter for being such a good boy and making today just a little bit brighter!