The Endless Days Of Summer

by Houndstooth on

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.

All You Need For Summer Fun -- Tales and Tails

All You Need For Summer Fun

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.

Welcome, Lazy Days -- Tales and Tails

Welcome, Lazy Days

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.

Just Hanging Out -- Tales and Tails

Just Hanging Out

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.

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  • Sue Dyer

    Lovely photos. I totally agree about summer being about memories. As a kid the long six week summer break from school seemed like an eternity, till the last few days, then it felt way too short:)

    Both my girls don’t like the heat, especially Polly. She is 10 now. If I had to take her out in the heat, I’d get her a cooling coat. I don’t handle the heat well either, so we tend to stay in on the hotter days.

    Hope you have a lovely summer break. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • SGilbert

    Beautiful picture! It seems like summer weather goes so fast. Enjoy your time. We like to take day trips. Our dogs love swim in Lake Michigan or they are content to swim in the pool. They don’t care what we do as long as they are with us.

  • What a lovely post!

    I also enjoy summer memories with each of my dogs. There’s something special about the long, warm days.

    If you’re looking for something fun to do with Bunny, perhaps you can find a way to get out on the water–a ferry ride or perhaps a pet-friendly cruise? Many dogs find the scents coming off the water very stimulating and it’s often cooler with a lake or river breeze than it is on land.

  • Vicky

    Lovely post. I’m glad that you have some days off to make memories with Bunny and Flattery. I would like to take Tippy to the beach, but think I will do that in cooler weather. Since I’m “retired,” my summers are just like the other seasons – full of part time work, volunteering, house work, and tennis. I don’t ever seem to have time to just relax. I need to figure out how to do that.