July 7th, 2010
Summer Dog Days
Posted by Pia
There is little in life as uplifting as witnessing dogs playing in water. Their reckless abandon and complete lack of self consciousness are a joy to witness. They remind us to enjoy the moment and to gain some perspective on the simpler things that can bring us meaning and joy. So with the summer in full swing, be sure not to let concerns of muddy feet in the house or sandy paws in the car rob you, and your best bud, of what life's simpler pleasures have to offer. The following photos capture such moments beautifully. And it's not just dogs who enjoy the perks of sun, sand and a day at the beach....
1 Benedict (AKA Big Ben): "1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi...."
2 "My stick...no, my stick...no, that would be my stick...ummm yeah, this is my stick..." Photo by Paul Morse
3 Oliver: "This makes me wanna Pee..." Photo by Kelly Graham
4 Mikkosha and JhaMeikko: "Um..seems the cabana boy must have left for the day. Where might 2 lovely ladies get some towels and perhaps a mint julep or 2?"
5 Boggie: "Yeah.. it was right around here... I'm certain of it... just seconds ago..."
6 "Ummm, I found this in the fountain...not sure what to do with it...I suspect it's lost...but I'd hate for it to go to waste...It'd be a shame to leave it and have it go un-played with...I'm just saying..." Photo of Eva by Paul Morse
7 What's a day at the beach without a bunch of rescued pooches and their humans?
8 "Ummm yeah... Clearly this was mom's idea, not mine. Let the record reflect that."
9 "Not to brag, but these Land's End and J. Crew modeling gigs buy us a lot of kibble!" Photo by Paul Morse
10 Schooner: "My humans never seem to tire of this Gilligan's Island look. Seems so 70's to me...but it does make them happy"
11 The doggy version of Hollywood's walk of fame. Photo by Paul Morse
12 "Mom, might you be willing to stop for a snow cone at some point?"
13 "I got a ball! I got a ball! I got a ball!" Photo by Paul Morse
14 Priscilla and Cassie: Girls day at the beach.
15 Peach ponders the changing seasons in Sausalito... and when she will get a treat.
16 "Yeah..I'm kinda skinny dipping down here. Not really up for you taking photos of me naked. Thanks..." Photo by Paul Morse
17 Kali wonders when the barbeque is gonna start...
Photo by Julie Kramer
18 Brutus: "I'm really more of a 'lay on the beach' kinda guy, but I'll give it a whirl..."
19 Babs: "Oh now we're going surfing? It may be novel for my family to have a chicken as a pet but this is really a bit much, no?" FYI- Chickens actually do make great companions. They are loyal and smart.
20 Eva's favorite time of day. She gets the beach all to herself. Photo by Paul Morse.
21 Flip Flop: "Bunnies like sun and sand too. I'm a bunny of leisure."
22 Eva is determined to find buried treasure...or a bone...same thing! Photo by Paul Morse
23 Lucy loves to play with the minnows! Photo by Glen Halvorson
24 Chico: "Will these paparazzi ever give me a moment of privacy?"
25 "Can you angle that a bit more in my direction?" Photo by Paul Morse
26 FafiKitty yoga. "Namaste"
27 Buddy: "Why do I feel like I need to sneeze?" Photo by Dan Cohen
28 "Marco...Polo... Marco...Hey your eyes are open!" Photo by Paul Morse
29 Darla: "Don't tell anyone, but I think my mom peed in the lake... you didn't hear that from me, though."
30 Boo: "Must we do this?"
31 Speak no evil. See no evil. Hear no evil. Photo by Paul Morse
32 Popeye: "That's a relief! I was just parched!"
33 Maggy and an Atlantic Ghost Crab: "I don't believe I've ever met a dog like you before!"
34 Iggy: "I'll get it! I'll get it! I'll get it!
35 "Nothing like a dip in nature's pool!" Photo by Paul Morse
36 Chico: "Will this shift never end? I'm so hung over."
37 "These beach chairs are just fabulous! They are comfy, waterproof, durable..."
38 Halen and Bubble: This photo just needs some mariachi music in the background....
While our furry best friends are splashing around and indulging their senses, they periodically look back to see if we are still there watching them. I can't help but think that this is not only to assure themselves we are still there but perhaps, also as their open invitation to take part in the joy of the moment. An invitation these special creatures are always offering us if we stop our busy lives long enough to receive it.
While summer is a perfect time to recharge and gain perspective, our furry family members offer us this opportunity year round. Perhaps we should start thinking of a simple fall walk with Fido or a spring romp in the creek with Sparky as a mini summer of sorts. Pure. Simple. Our own little 'Energizer Bunny' if you will....
Dr. Pia Salk
Important: Summer's heat can be very dangerous for our companion animals -- often in ways we are not aware of. Please take a moment to review these life-saving tips for summer heat.
Special thanks to Paul Morse, whose photos of Eva and friends capture the joy of dogs at play so beautifully! Many other photos in today's gallery are from our readers. Be sure to check out the hundreds of great photos sent in by those of you who participated in our monthly photo contests. And feel free to send me more photos at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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