September 23, 2009

An Old Lab With A New Obsession...

Amidst ironing and housekeeping and an appointment with a new doctor yesterday, there was also time for a little play.

Kes comes from a long line of hunting blood which began long before both her grandmothers, Bryn and Raven. Her father, Morgan, spent many days afield with Handsome, and Kes was no slouch in the field either. Good hunting bloodlines in our retrievers have served us well in the field, but now, when it would be nice to just relax in our pool, that drive and desire has turned into a good, old-fashioned obsession.

Recently, Handsome was in the pool store making sure our pool water quality was up to his exacting standards, when Chris (our pool expert) told him about a toy that her dogs adore. So, as soon as Handsome left the pool store, he went over to Petsmart (is it Pet Smart or Pets Mart? - Sorry, again I digress), and he purchased one of those toys. Here's the result...
My soon-to-be twelve year old Labrador retriever stands at the glass door to the lanai and fairly whines to be let out to fetch this new toy. Instead of the sinking Kong toy, she now knows that this one will float. As a result, she launches herself into the pool...repeatedly. She makes us laugh out loud with her persistence. She loves this darn toy to distraction.

I know how she feels. To love something so much that it occupies your every thought. It makes you fly through the air. It makes you reach further. It makes you feel younger. It makes you happy beyond measure. With it, you're the best you can be - and better than you ever dreamed.

For Kes, it's a floating toy enveloped in red canvas. For me, it's the man I've loved over half my life. Six feet seven inches of intelligence, humor, music, love and patience. For me, it's my Handsome husband of nearly twenty five years. I know exactly how Kes feels.

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Gypsy Flea Market said...

Very sweet ... you,your husband,the dog,your post ... AND that pool ; )

I enjoyed your post very much ... our pets do the funniest things to entertain us as well!


Snap said...

Wonderful post. Our furbabies remind us of the important things in their own way. You, Handsome, and Kes ... very lucky to have each other.

Jane said...

What a wonderful story.....I'm sure your husband feels the exact same way about you!!
P.S. My tree has not started to drop acorns yet....I'm watching and I'll send them when they fall!!

Christine Edwards said...

Kes looks like such a happy girl. What a sweet post.

Katie - My Paisley Apron said...

Hilarious!! I love it. I can't wait to get a dog - I was just talking to my husband about them last night! Bryn looks very similar to the dogs we had growing up.

Sharon said...

My dog is always reminding me of what is important in life. Love your dog. Sharon

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

Your so sweet to share those things about you hubby and you dog. Love your pool! Have a great one.


DeeDee said...

I found a fun way to display those acorns you are collecting..thake a peek here..

Love them funny ...must be a very fun toy...

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Beautiful post Donna. David and I have been together for 20 years. I know exactly how you feel. Well said.
bunny hugs,

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I received this message 09/28/09 from Mary at Mary Wadsworth (Blooming Ideas) blog (I'm posting it for her as she was unable to do so herself and sent the message to me in an email):

Dear Donna:
Thank you so much for the love and concern for my Otter baby:)
Such a beautiful post and such a beautiful Lady Kes. I have signed up to follow your blog and I look forward to getting to know you and Kes better.
Thanks again and many blessings,

Thank you Mary!


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