Today marks the official beginning of my all too short summer break, and I love this day because from here, the days seems limitless. They keep getting longer for a few more weeks and it feels like there are many of them ahead to enjoy. If you don’t get to something you wanted to do today, there’s always tomorrow. I love the feeling of no pressure and relaxed days. There’s a reason they call them the endless days of summer.
As I look back on my life, it seems that especially my summer memories are always tied to a dog that I had adventures with. It’s often joked that when I was very young, my mom never came out the back door of the farmhouse and called me. I was always too far away to hear her or too involved with what I was doing to respond. If my parents wanted to find me, they called Snoopy, my ever constant Border Collie companion.
Snoopy and I climbed mountains of hay bales, investigated frogs, tadpoles and fish in the creek, kept watch over the sheep (which was actually my job, given to me by my dad), and explored the far reaches of the cornfields and nearby lake. To this day, I can’t see the sun shining across a cornfield and not think about Snoopy. We certainly we busy during the other months of the year, but summer is what I remember most clearly.
For some reason, summer seems like the season of memories. I’m not sure why that is, but I don’t think I’m alone in that feeling. I’ve been trying to think of some fun things to do with the girls this summer, and one major consideration has been Bunny’s advancing age. She doesn’t deal well with the heat, but she still has a heart for adventure.
Truth be told, she would be content if we stayed at home every day and just curled up together on the couch. She is such a happy girl, though, when we get out and do something. The truth of the matter is, I want memories of her as a happy girl, enjoying what she loves. I hope that we have a lot of summers left to have fun together, but I’ve learned that we have to make the most of the finite time that we have. I don’t dwell on that, but I do try to remind myself to enjoy the moments life gives us.
I’d love to hear about some of your favorite summer memories and things to do with your dogs. One of this summer’s wish list activities for me is doing something together that we’ve never done before. I’m still trying to figure out what that’s going to be, but we’re determined to make the most of this summer so we leave it behind with a lot of memories to cherish.