July 6, 2010

Bring Out the Fans

We have new curtains in the bedroom, which is nice because now the sun doesn’t wake me up at 4:30 every morning. Of course, until today we really haven’t had much sun to complain about, but after looking at the weather forecast for the week, I’m happy we have curtains. Yes, temperatures in the 60s (what we’ve been having of late) are about to be swept off the record books making way for temperatures in the 90s.

IN THE 90s!!!!!!

I’m not really looking forward to this, but since there are only a few things I can control in life I’m going to have to grin and bear it. I knew things were going to heat up when the fan from the basement made its way to the bedroom. I love the fan particularly when it gets so hot there’s not much I can do but lie in front of it all day.

Of course, the best way to get the best cooling effects of the fan is when I lie on the human bed, which requires a bit of finagling on my part. Luckily, this isn’t so hard when the fireworks of the Fourth of July keep exploding past the date of celebration. I am not a big fan (ha ha) of fireworks (I want to say that I “hate” them but I’m trying to be a bit more accepting of those who enjoy them), but when they go off well past the legal day I really struggle with them.

Take last night, for instance. They started up as soon as the sun went down and after three phone calls to the police, they eventually stopped late last night. Because I don’t like them much (I bark and get that worried look on my face) I am usually able to win over a place on the human bed and once there, I don’t bark or shake or whimper. Instead, I cuddle in and lie perfectly still so as not to lose my prized place.

When the fan comes out, I’m in dog heaven — sleeping on the human bed in direct line of the cool flow. Oh, how I love it when I can manipulate my humans! And after looking at this week’s weather forecast, I’m going to have to manipulate like a pro. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Meanwhile, there are dogs to walk after a 3-day weekend. Yes, I took yesterday off and spent the long weekend at my Uncle’s house in Oregon. I love my Aunt and Uncle and when I got there, I was even more thrilled to see that my cousins (Hope and Ringo) had a visitor — Darwin. Unfortunately, Gretchen’s camera battery died and she only got two usable photos of our trip.

Even though there is little photographic documentation of our time in Oregon, let me tell you, it was a joyful time especially the time I got to spend with Darwin. We even went for a hike up to the large wooded hill next to my Uncle’s house. Darwin and I raced in the fields hunting rabbits and rodents and bounding over the tall grass with happy tails. Oh how I wish Gretchen’s camera was working, but I’ll just have to create the pictures in my mind of my time with Darwin in the wild.

So it was back to work today and because of the increasing heat of the day, we took it slow and had many breaks to lap up some cool water.

Rosie was the first dog. Gretchen took her out earlier because she struggles the most in the heat. Rosie appreciated it.

Then we drove to Ollie’s house, picked him up, and made our way to Zoe’s house. They hadn’t met yet, but since both of them have joyous dog-a-nalities, they were fast friends within seconds!

Gretchen posed us on this big log and we were all really good about waiting and staying!

Gemma and Saber ended our warm day and while Saber’s tongue gets longer and he slows down with each increase in temperature, Gemma doesn’t seem to notice as much. Still, we were all feeling the effects of summer finally arriving. Too bad we don’t have portable fans to carry with us throughout the day! Instead, we went for a walk and then…headed to my house for a pool party! Yahoo!!!

Until tomorrow,

Rubin

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