Are you ready this time?

black and white, close-up
Going too fast for myself
I missed more than I think I can remember
almost everything it seems sometimes
and yet there are chances that come back
that I did not notice when they stood
where I could have reached out and touched them
this morning the black shepherd dog
still young looking up and saying
Are you ready this time?

- W. S. Merwin, “Turning”


Credits: Photograph by Sharon Heron of German Shepherd Dog. Poem: Litverve

Running. A bucket in the rain.

running-path-mountains

6:01 am.

Crickets. Birds. And me.

Humidity 90%, but cut by a cool morning, 57º. Running weather.

I check my exercise log. Last running entry: August 3rd. I scan the page. More white space than entries. Ray is down 36 lbs in 7 weeks. I’m, well, you know, Up. And, staring at white spaces.

I’m out the door.

It’s Thursday. Evening.
(Another) last supper with the kids before they depart. It’s a short week, I’m off from work on Friday. Heaviness lifts. Weariness lingers. Gratitude drifts in. A peaceful, easy feeling sets in over dinner. Family. Our family dines together.

It’s Friday. Morning.
Departure Day.
Eric comes up to the attic. “Why are you a hermit, Dad?”
We exchange fist bumps. As he turns, I jump him from behind and we wrestle. He’s become unmanageable. I pull up before things break, on me.

It’s Friday. Early afternoon.
We’re in the car to JFK.
President Obama visits Weschester County on Friday afternoon – the same Friday kicking off the long Labor Day weekend. His security team has shut down I-95, 287 and all major thorough ways, snarling traffic. The result: A 2.5 hour drive to JFK. Purpose of the President’s trip: Fundraisers. [Read more...]

SMWI*: Get up Dad. Get up. Let’s go for a walk.

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Notes: SMWI*=Saturday Morning Work-out Inspiration. Image Source: gifak.net

1 and 2 and 3, all together now.

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Source: gifak

 

Like an old dog

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Like an old dog
I slowly lower and
arrange myself
in a heap of sighs.

~ Jim Harrison & Ted Kooser, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry


Image Source: Kingray

Darwinism. Maternalism. And Zeke.

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Susan finds an abandoned baby bird on the lawn in the backyard. She has to protect it. To save it.

She cups it in her hand. She calls out to me to help.

“Put it back.”

I don’t get a response. A few minutes later she has the bird in a clear, plastic container. Where did she find that? (Note to self: Cache of Bird paraphernalia is growing.)

“Look at how cute she is.”

I glance at it. I’m gulping the flashback: What’s with you and birds? It was a different mother then. A Robin. Also, trying, to protect her young. The irony not lost on me.

“What do you think we should do?”

“I think you should put it back.” She’s getting attached. This will end badly.

“But it can’t fly!”

Zeke is circling. He’s sniffing wildly. His eyes are full. His breed and his blood, the Vizsla, was trained for generations to look up. To flush. To retrieve. It’s all about Birds.

“Its Mother can’t find it either. Go put it back. Near the trees.”

She ignores me. (Again.) I see her cupping the bird. Bobbing its beak in water.

“Come on birdy. Take a drink. Then we’re going back.”

That was Thursday.

Birdy had reappeared near the fence yesterday afternoon.
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Our Zeke. In The Pose.

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…False. Not Zeke. Our Zeke wouldn’t stand still for 3 seconds. Love this dog and the spray paint art.

Now, here’s Rachel’s shot of our Zeke below (and yes, bribed to look up with a treat).

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Our Zeke. In the Pose.

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…False. Not Zeke. Our Zeke wouldn’t stand still for 3 seconds. Love this dog and the spray paint art.

Now, here’s Rachel’s shot of our Zeke in his real pose (and yes, bribed to look up for a treat).

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5:00 Bell: Let me Go. Let me Go.

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Source: themetapicture.com (Thanks Susan)

Boys Home Alone

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A 3M Post-It Note. Picture not to scale. The post-it is actually 1″ x 2″, dwarfed by the two-foot high, 45-quart, air-tight, dog food storage container which sits underneath it. But, the Post-it punches above its weight class.

3 Words + a few symbols = Irritation.

She doesn’t think I will give him the right dosage.

She thinks I’ll overfeed him. You’re cutting his life short by giving him all these snacks.

3/4 C (Dog Food) + H20 (Water) + 1/4 C Green Beans (to help him with his digestion).

Mom and Eric are on a road trip for the weekend to see family. Rachel is in the city with Friends.

Dad and Man’s Best Friend Zeke are Home Alone.

Back to the Post-Its.
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Saturday Morning

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Source: Iconosquare.com

T.G.I.F.: It’s Been A Long Week

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Source: themetapicture.com

My Breakfast

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Source: sjack959

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

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Source: Thank you Carol @ Radiating Blossom via Sabon

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: (Very) Sleepy

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Source: Tiny Doberman puppy from Attack of the Cute

T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week

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Source: Magical Nature Tours

Michael, you Curmudgeon. Even you might smile at this.


Hump Day Howl from Belka the Siberian Husky. 20 days old.


Thank you Lori.

Saturday Morning

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Source: Thank you Carol @ Radiating Blossom via fourfrenchies

Patriots

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Credits:

  • Eric – thank you for the Zeke pic. Rachel wants credit for Zeke/flag background set up. Eric disputes that she had any involvement in the production.
  • Patton from FogsMovieReviews

Good Morning. We’re Ready. Ready to Go.

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Source: The Pet’s Mart (The 10 Naughtiest Dog Breeds)

Monday Mantra: Lead

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Source: Gifak-net


Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Coffee Time!

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Photographer: Elke Vogelsang

 

Saturday Morning

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Source: Nezart Design

Guess.What.Day.It.Is?

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The Kick off of the 2014 World Cup
Here’s our very own Zekester waiting for the U.S. game…


Photographer: Thank you Susan


Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: The Winner is…


Owner tries to wake-up his puppy at 3:30am.
Winner of the year for Adorable Puppy?
This Great Dane: The runaway winner.


Thank you Janet.

5:00 PM Bell: A race to get home

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Source: awreckofadaydreamer

 

Morning walk with my little friend

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He’s just a puppy!


Notes: Thank you Carol via Sun Gazing.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Shower Time!

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Source: themetapicture.com

5:00 PM Bell: Get Shades On. Get Home.

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Source: Animated Gifs

Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call: A Long Weekend

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Source: Life is Tiring by David Bouchat.  Thank you Carol.

Hump Day Heads-Up

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Source: gifak.net
 

Saturday Morning

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The weekday frenzy slows to a drip.
A quiet sets in.
Zeke jumps on the bed, curls once, twice and falls, leaning into me. And sighs.
Going Down. Down. Down.
The great Unwind commences.


Credits: Image – Lulufrost

 

 

5:01 Bell: Racing to the weekend!

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Source: gifak

 

You wake up. And say. I need to smile. And…BANG!

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Don’t you just love these two (especially the ear flaps UP on queue)

(Note to Self: How many times can you watch this loop, when you know the outcome?)


Source: HungarianSoul

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Source: themetapicture.com

What day is it? What day is it? Ahhhhh, yes.

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dog-lab-bliss-Saturday

 


Source: writingwindsprints

Saturday Morning Plan

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Source: YourEyesBlazeOut


T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week

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Source: themetapicture.com


Rescue Me

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Beagle rescued from testing lab. He had never previously walked on grass.

And be sure not to miss this video.


Image Source: Chikita Banana

Weekend Plans

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Source: Irenesire

 

T.G.I.F.: It’s been a long week

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Image Credit

T.G.I.F.: It’s Been A Long Week

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Source: Themetapicture.com

T.G.I.F.

T.G.I.F., puppy,


Source: Thank you Carol.


T.G.I.T.: It’s been a long week!

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Source: 4gifs.com


Running. With Chubby.

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Zeke and I slow and stop on a narrow part of the trail as we close in on a walker and her puppy.

“Is he a Vizsla?”

She’s tall. Lean. Has to be 6′ 3″. A trace of Euro accent. East German Swimmer? Swedish Volleyball player?

D: “Yes.”

“He’s Big.”

Her cute 5-month old terrier is at her heels. Bouncing on her toes. Looking up at her Mommy with admiration.

D: “Big?”

“Aren’t Vizsla’s smaller?”

Her pup has a pink collar. Lean. Muscled. Beautiful dog.

D: “Snacks.”

She grins and points. There’s Zeke. He’s 20 yards off the trail. Rolling on his back, grinding in Deer urine.  

I leash Zeke up. He’s still on his back, with all four legs in the air. His eyes manic, full, are locked on mine. He’s baring his teeth and growling.

“Zeke, Don’t Screw With Me.”  

And, then with a firm, snap-tug on the leash, I drag him behind me until we’re back in rhythm.

Team Frito-Lay builds a head a steam and roars by Team Euro.

Big and Bad.

Time Check: 5 miles. 63 minutes.

Nap Time.


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