Thankful for a sunny weekend

We were so thankful for a bright, spring-like weekend here, after what has felt like the longest winter ever.

P on the deck
Happy P on the deck.

The girls got to spend tons of time outside — taking walks, hosting play-dates, playing Frisbee.

Best friends reunited
Best friends reunited.

We got to have Roland over again, which was fun — particularly for Pyrrha. It always interests me to note how the dogs do seem to have preferences for other dogs. Eden and Fiona, for example, adore each other and could (and do) play for hours on end without stopping. Pyrrha is interested in Fiona, but doesn’t engage with her much (even though Fiona is frequently trying to curry favor from Pyrrha). But when Roland showed up, Pyrrha was ecstatic: happy yips, play-bows, shoulder taps, etc. Entirely different behavior than when Fiona comes over.

Begging from Brian (Roland’s human).

Here’s to hoping for many more sunny, warm weekends! We surely need them.

With her prey
Eden with her “prey” (killed the neighbor kid’s soccer ball).

How were your weekends? Did you get to take any excursions?

Pyr gets a visit from her favorite uncle

This past weekend, my sister Kelsey and brother-in-law Alex came to stay with us, and we had a wonderful time with them. As I’ve mentioned before, Alex may be the only man that Pyrrha truly loves. She is somehow naturally magnetized toward him, and she is unusually affectionate with him for as long as he is around.

The only man she loves. #family #pyrrhagram
She loves Alex.
Straight up: she won't let any other man do this. #dogwhisperer #pyrrhagram
Seriously, she won’t let any other man do this.

We also got to take a nice, long walk on the trail along the river, in which we saw a large herd of deer. Pyrrha was, of course, very interested once she saw them.

Stumbled on a herd of deer

Watching the deer

That night, she got to spend lots of time in the yard with us while we made dinner (homemade pizza in the cob oven that Guion recently built). All in all, a good weekend for Pyrrha: her favorite man came to visit, and she got lots of attention and affection.

Crazy sky tonight. #lazydog #summersky #backyardliving

Backyard meditation with the shepherd. #backyardliving #pyrrhagram #germanshepherd

How did you and your dog(s) spend the weekend?

Lazy weekend

We enjoyed a relaxing weekend at home with our guest Caleb, an old friend of Guion’s.

Weekend with Caleb
Caleb and Pyrrha at dinner.

Mostly, because of the oppressive heat, we hid out indoors. Here, Pyrrha acts as the watchful apprentice while Guion attempts to make his first batch of cheese from raw milk:

Weekend with Caleb

We watched the boys play horseshoes in the front yard while a thunderstorm rolled in:

Weekend with Caleb

Pyrrha watches horseshoes

Weekend with Caleb

By the end of the weekend, Pyrrha had also warmed up to Caleb! (Just look at that relaxed face of hers.)

Being friends
Making friends.

Such a nice, peaceful, slow-paced weekend. Just what we needed!

Rhythm of his water drinking

Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein walking their poodle, Basket, in Paris.

“Basket although now he is a large unwieldy poodle, still will get up on Gertrude Stein’s lap and stay there. She says that listening to the rhythm of his water drinking made her recognise the difference between sentences and paragraphs, that paragraphs are emotional and that sentences are not.”

— Gertrude Stein,
from the perspective of Alice B. Toklas, in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (her punctuation and spelling preserved)

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I just liked this little passage from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, as it reminded me that our dogs can sometimes teach us things that we don’t expect. Have a lovely weekend! We’ll be dog-walking for our rector and his family this weekend and I, of course, am looking forward to it (even though our rector’s wife told me it was regrettable that she couldn’t tranquilize the dogs for us; apparently, they’re quite a pair).

A thought to the presence of man

Loving on an Afghan hound. Click for source.

“In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man.”

Maurice Maeterlinck

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So touching. I love this quote and photo. Have a great weekend, everyone!