Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dog Dreams


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The dog curled on his pad tonight looks warm and content, but he's not a puppy any more. At nine years old, he's showing his age. Nine may not be all that old, but Barley has had some hard knocks, and some mornings he'd rather stay on his pad than go for our morning walk.



Golden Retriever running in the snow



One thing can be counted on to transform this dog in an instant, and that's snow. We've had snow on the ground all week, and Barley can't wait to get outside. Out the door, he takes a nose dive into the white powder, rolls on to his back and rocks back and forth, feet flailing in the air in joyous abandon. He gets up, shaking himself and admiring the canine snow angel he left behind. Then he's off, racing over the ground in broad circles, his boots sending up showers of snow.

The whole process doesn't last long, but for a few minutes, flying through the snow, he's a puppy, the date on his birth certificate temporarily forgotten.

Just now, on his pad, Barley's legs move jerkily to the rhythm of his dream, and the snow flies again in his heart.





A note about his boots: on snow days, Barley used to have to stop frequently to bite away the ice that formed between the pads of his feet. The boots have solved that problem. It took him a time or two to get adjusted to them, but now he loves to see them come out of the closet.  We got them here.








23 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I just love your BARLEY, he is adorable.. Great shots of him playing and running in the snow.. The boots are a great purchase, to help his paws..Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Gail said...

A wonderful story. May we all be young in our dreams.

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's so cute! I love the shot of him running through the snow.

Margaret Adamson said...

he looks gorgeous and his boats are such a great idea. Have a great weekend.

Lea said...

First photo is a beautiful portrait, and I love the running in the snow photo, too!

Felicia said...

love it....so beautiful seeing doggy joy.

EG CameraGirl said...

You have a very happy looking buddy! Handsome too.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Your dog is beautiful. Your thoughtfulness is heartening. May you and your dog have a wonderful time always.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful dog and exquisite photography ~ love your doggie in the snow ~ He would love it here in New England!

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
What a fantastic shots!! So cute with the snow.
The last shot all running is well done.

Many greetings,
Marco

Marie said...

How neat that he loves the snow so much! Great that boots have worked out so well! Love that first portrait photo!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh I love the joy shown in Barley's face ;). If that is not the most precious image and I know what you mean, they age so quickly and they do get those hard knocks, and yet they behave as if snow were created, just for their enjoyment, and well maybe it was. Happy Week Connie~

Lisa Gordon said...

He is just adorable, Connie, and I LOVE those boots!!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Barley is beautiful. His face tells just how much he is enjoying that snow. This post made me smile.

Susan (ABON) said...

He looks genuinely happy! What a beautiful dog, and the boots are a great idea!

ladyfi said...

He is just beautiful!

bailey-road.com said...

What joy is expressed in that second shot! He's a beautiful dog.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hello .. Very good pictures .. adorable dog .. . Cheers..

retriever said...

Gorgeous fotos, and retriever running , it is always fantastiek
greeting from Belgium.

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Madge Bloom said...

Barley is a HAP-py dog! Their unfettered joy makes our hearts sing, doesn't it?? Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #167!

bettyl-NZ said...

You can see how happy he is in the snow! That's an awesome memory.

Mil said...

Barley is a hoot! These 2 pictures of him are priceless! I LOVE them!

It finally snowed here in Memphis on March 5th. Lanny took our Pomeranian Jackson outside to enjoy the blizzard of snow. He said it was really coming down and coming down sideways. Jackson ran around and had fun. I didn't witness it. You see, it was 2:30 a.m. and I was sound asleep!

We live in the city. There are so many street lights that the front yard is lit up like a Christmas tree.
It was still snowing a little at 7:30 when I awakened to Winter Wonderland. I got out my camera but my pictures aren't nearly as good as yours!

Kathy said...

An adorable creature enjoying the snow!