Alfresco dining’s for the birds

I was awake before the sailors, but still was running behind the joggers early this Mother’s Day.

Navigating through a thick grove of sweet smelling crab apple trees, I happily joined up with an enthusiastic flock of goslings. They were busily paying homage to their own mother by showing off their newly acquired honking skills at a holiday brunch.

They seemed particularly thrilled that there was plenty of lakeside seating as well as a wide selection of green grass and clover for their culinary pleasure.

I’d already celebrated with my own daughter and grandkids at a busy playground picnic yesterday.

The scene today appeared to be a peaceful one, with my 4 legged boy Rex and I soon enjoying a warm ham and gruyere croissant bought from a trendy patisserie nearby.

Rex slowly licked the cheese and grease off my fingers while he lovingly looked up at me. He then gave me one of those ‘sure is better than kibble’ kind of looks.

He is quite a connoisseur after all.

Then suddenly the entertainment began.

Though we didn’t know there was going to be any.

A newly assembled choir of goslings was crying at the top of their beaks and running right towards us.

They’d flatly rejected nature’s finely prepared platter of fresh greens.

It seems this young flock is particularly fond of French pastries, as is their dear mother.

Shouting “ooh la la” to no one in particular Rex and I trotted off after the runners for cover, leaving our own brunch far behind.

Eventually, we did find solace at a McDonald’s up the road.

And my boy Rex was happy once again, as of course we ordered greasy French fries as a substitute.

Good dog

So gentle and kind.
That heart warms my soul.

Her days weren’t all easy.
A few took their toll.

Yet strong my girl is.
Though she cannot walk.

She still speaks of peace.
As her eyes still can talk.

Then she kisses my hands.
To prove up her love.

While I whisper “good dog.”
Until called up above.

Winter’s just another game

Why do humans sweat the small stuff?

I was having a winter melt down this week when my frost bitten garage door wouldn’t budge, and I needed to get to work.

It really wasn’t a big deal, but for a couple of minutes it sure seemed like it.

Once I calmed down some, I realized I didn’t have to call in ‘sick.’ I just needed to phone in ‘stuck’ for a while with a big old piece of frozen wood.

Perhaps our dogs are smarter.

Like my handsome man Rex here who amused himself grooming his spiked mohawk while I donned my dirty dog haired covered jacket for a trip to the vet this morning.

Winter hasn’t exactly been a cake walk for him either.

Rex has slipped on the ice more than I have.

And my tenacious terrier Tuck decided to pierce Rex’s left ear one dark and stormy night over a fallen people cracker.

Even though a tiny earring would look pretty cool with Rex’s renegade mohawk, the vet and I nixed the idea as his ears are paper thin.

Anyway boys will be boys, and these boys will be forever more dining alone in their crates.

After passing his annual medical exam with flying colors of dog treats and high fives, Rex and I left for a little nerf ball/football in a nearby park.

As I opened my trunk to grab his toy, I saw it was empty.

It seemed I’d dropped the ball the weekend before when we were in a different dog park.

I felt bad for my tiny quarterback as we continued back home.

But it seems Rex is more resilient than me.

He bounded right out of his car seat and jumped on down. Then he started nudging our favorite decaying pumpkin by the back door towards the yard with his nose.

We’ve been using that orange frozen door stop on our most blustery days to keep the back screen door silent.

Though one day we did try to use it for snow bowling with mixed results.

I started wondering was Rex thinking of maybe trying a game of soccer?

Even though it is Super Bowl weekend I do know football on TV does make him sleepy.

Or maybe it’s all the commercials.

Anyway, I kicked the pumpkin back towards him for a while after his little nose would nudge it over to me.

And then I think I caught Rex smile.

Oh, what a game we had!

And what a sport is he.

And to think…we didn’t even sweat.

Our morning light

It’s dark and misty gray outside my window, with a November sky beyond.

Except it’s only September.

As I struggle to open my eyes, I find I’m unable to see the clock due to this heavy drape of morning gloom.

I’m guessing it’s somewhere between 3am and 9am as Maddie, as my lame senior corgi, continues to converse with me through gentle, muffled barks from the kitchen.

My other two pups continue to sleep and snore, until they hear me open the squeaky gate to the kitchen where Maddie looks up to greet me with a smile.

She’s comfortably centered on her dog bed anticipating a visit to the backyard
and her first bite of today’s kibble.

Terrier Tuck, and Rex, my renegade chihuahua, slowly trot their way in to join us.

I turn on the light and discover it’s 6:30. It’s time for all of us to get a move on, and for me to get ready for work.

After a spin around the yard, we return to the kitchen where I watch Maddie devour her morning meal with gusto. Tuck and Rex soon follow her lead.

I note what a happy girl is Maddie, be her hopping around the grass with her remaining two good legs or enjoying that breakfast.

It’s as if Maddie has a message for us all: “Savor each gift, and every moment.”

Maddie then licks her mouth after the last bite and returns to the middle of her checkered dog bed for a nap and a snoring session.

I smile with admiration as I look down at her, thinking how she keeps us all centered.

And how she brings such light every day to our lives.

Though simple gifts, what special ones both truly are.