Sunday, November 21, 2010

Loaner Dog

Yes, I said "loaner dog". I get lonesome for canine companionship when my dog is gone hunting with his dad for an extended time. Recently I was lucky to get to spend a great fall afternoon in Paco's company. We hiked to the creek, and found the forest very different than it had been all summer. Amazingly there was still a fair amount of water in the stream, which tells me that maybe a mountain spring feeds it.

The canopy had thinned, as most of it was now on the forest floor. The steep path that had been slippery from dry leaves on top of dry dirt was now reassuringly stable, thanks to a few recent rains. Ferns were starting to look vibrant again, and new growth was evident. Life and death, juxtaposed.

Thanks for the date, Paco. Maybe we'll do it again sometime. But don't tell Bodie.


Rachel said...

What a cutie! He's *almost* as cute as Bodie! It's amazing how much we don't realize dogs fill our lives until they're not around for a couple of days!

Sharon Driscoll said...

A loaner dog? If you'll flip for the airfare the next time you are lonely I have three - and the one who is being a cheese head can come and visit Aunt Patty! : - )

rosebud101 said...

Glad you had a good time! Cute pup!

Patty said...

You know Rachel, the big thing for me is how *quiet* it is when they're gone and you don't hear their tags jingling. You just don't realize how much of their movement, their behavior triggers off things we do (e.g. opening some string cheese or a door), and the absolute quiet that echos back is very sad.

Patty said...

Sharon - if you lived closer I'd be all over that!


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