As a 'mom' to a seventeen year old cat in kidney failure, and a rather anxious and fearful dog around 8-10 years old with severe allergies, I worry about them constantly. But I also marvel at their resiliency, their intelligence, their ability to communicate their needs, and their sensitivity to my moods. And each time I find myself smiling at something they have done, or sighing with exasperation when they become demanding little tyrants, or drifting off to sleep with one or the other snuggled up against me, I am grateful for the bond that we have.
This past week my anxious, fearful, barky Maggie gave me an incredible early Mother's Day gift. We spent the week at Saratoga Beach, up island, sharing a cabin right on the beach with my friend Pat and the poms. I had been worried it would be too much for Mags - sharing space, living with other dogs, being somewhere new. Instead, Maggie was in heaven - relaxed, happy, quick to learn, moving from on leash to long line to off leash with the delight of a four year old working her way through a candy store.
I have hundreds of photos from the week, of course, but those will take a while to prepare. And so I shall share just a few - some images of my happy, happy girl who gave me the best Mother's Day gift ever: a brief glimpse at the dog she will become over time - happy, confident and feeling safe. We're back home now and she is her somewhat edgy self again, but now I know there is a happy inner pup who only needs the right environment and the right approach to let that puppy out to play.
Happy Mother's Day to all you dog moms- may your critters share their joy with you.
|C'mom. mom - Let's go!|
|Mom, I've been dragging this long line for awhile now, and it's getting|
kinda heavy with the sand and water!
|See, I can stay really well without you holding the leash!|
|Can I 'come' now?|
|Here I come!|
|I'm runnin' so fast, I left two of mah legs behind!|
|Hi. Mama! I'm here!|
|I loves this beach!|
Can we lives here forever?