If you could be sitting where I am right now you'd understand why a little rain is easy to take. Even a lot of rain! It's the most beautiful morning. And so quiet. The boat captains went out early today and plan on being out all day. The weather could change in an instant you know!
Yesterday was just as nice so I thought I'd take the kids down to the beach. The "kids" being Woody and Ray, my dogs. I don't leave home without them . As a matter of fact, that's how I ended up at St. George Island. It was a dog friendly place where I could take my vacations when I was working. That was about 14 years ago. It's hard to imagine coming down and only spending a week. That's all the vacation time I had. But I came down every year because it truly is" dog friendly". The beach, stores, restaurants. Dogs rule this place! And it's great. And since the island is not an incorporated area the law is that if your dog is non-aggressive and it is a command and obey dog, (in other words it comes when you call it! ) you don't have to have it on a leash. Just use some common sense about it and be considerate of other people.
So I took the kids to the beach yesterday and a good time was had by all. Woody's a "lovin' life" fourteen year old that has a lot of the same aches and pains I do! I rescued him when he was a year old so he's been coming with me every year. And Ray's a "love everything and everyone" ten month old that I rescued down here at about 3 months old. And they both love each other. Ray is absolutely crazy about the water. He goes kayaking with me, loves to go fishing in the big boats, and will fetch into the water all day long. Woody likes the water too but his activities are a little more limited these days. I think it's more therapeutic to him that anything else. He'll go in up to his belly and just stand and let the waves hit him in the chest.
The beach is also a social affair. On days like this that's where you're going to find the people. Ray is the little social butterfly. Sometimes the sunbathers lying on the sand aren't real excited about having a 50 lb. puppy bounding up and messing up their towels but one look at his face and they get over it. Woody doesn't go bounding up to anyone. I can't really describe the way he walks. Displacia in the back, arthritis in the front. He kinda waddles and barks all the while he's going as if to say "wait for me. I'm coming. I'll be there in a minute. You got food over there?" He barks a lot!
We don't go to the beach every day. We could since it's only about a 10 minute walk over there. Well, with Woody it's more like half an hour. So I'll drive over to save his energy for the fun stuff. But some days we'll go to the estuary, some days we walk the neighborhood and other days we just sit here at home and sit on the canal and fish. So going to the beach is a treat and they love it. So much yesterday that I think we'll go again today!