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Swimming Lessons
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Life,Special Moments

Joy sitting on the beach in late afternoon with the ocean behind her.

RAM and I took Joy to some of Loyal’s favorite places on Saturday to celebrate his life. Although Loyal did not like to swim, he loved the smell of the ocean air and frolicking in the water.

We went to a seafood restaurant where you could eat outside overlooking the water, and then to the beach for some fun.

This was Joy’s first trip to the beach, and we decided to take her later in the day when it wasn’t so hot. This girl is a retriever through and through, so it came as a bit of a shock when we walked up to the water’s edge, and she just stood there. We had to coax her into the water. She would wade in, begrudgingly, then jumped on me excitedly when I praised her, and finally, the waves would chase her back out again. After a few minutes of this, it was clear that she was far more interested in greeting people and eating the sand than swimming.

We thought she might do better in the river, because it was calmer, so we took her there. She was more willing to wade in the water, but then she just stood there. With the water up to her shoulders, she looked up at me in confusion as if to say, “It’s my job to take you AROUND puddles [which she does very well]. Why are you leading me into a giant one?”

Since it seemed that swimming, or even frolicking in the water, just wasn’t on Joy’s agenda for the day, we decided it was time to go home. Joy may not have apprecated the way she spent her afternoon, but she took it all in stride. She didn’t seem to begrudge us these forays into the deep, and she put up with the impromptu bath afterward without complaint.

The summer is here, and it’s time for fun in the sun. RAM and I hope to be spending a lot of time at the pool and the beach this summer. Although we may give it a couple more goes, but it looks like our Joy just may not be a water girl. I suppose this is a good thing. After all, I wouldn’t want her jumping into our pool after me, harness and all! (She is only permitted to be at our pool in her capacity as a guide. Since the pool is a quarter of a mile away from our apartment, I often take her with me unless it is too hot.)

RAM got me a beautiful lavender spa set for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to enjoy it.

Keepsake box tied with a lavender ribbon.

Even though we don’t have any human children, we consider Loyal, Independence, Peace, and Joy our children, and are very blessed that they are a part of our lives.


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The difference in personalities of those animal companions we hold dear never cease to amaze.

What a lovely gift from RAM!

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