When Emma called and said, "Hey do you think we could get the dogs together for a play day?", I immediately said agreed.
"The dogs" = Bear, Coquina, Peanut, and Bandit, one of the funniest canine packs I've ever hung with.
It was August, hot and steamy as August should be, and the pond was freshly filled after 2 weeks of near tropical rains.
(This is the same pond that I feared would dry up completely back in early July.)
|This smiling wonderdog is Peanut and he is Coquina's biological sister. Like Coquina, he's a little bit cray-cray.|
|This is Bear "half-cocked" and about to launch an ambush on Coquina and crew. I love that intent look, ... but I love all his looks, so that statement probably doesn't carry much weight.|
|I love to see Bear run like a puppy.|
He wasn't always the "ambusher" on this day, sometimes he was the "ambushee".
Forces that seem in opposition that are actually complimentary to each other.
That's Peanut and Coquina.
|A few things come to mind when I look at this picture of Peanut erupting from the pond to snatch the boat fender.|
One: Peanut is awesome!
Two: Jurassic World.
Three: I am instantly transported back to the Homosassa Springs attraction of my childhood. The handlers there had trained these big alligators to leap vertically out of the water for a piece of chicken. It was pretty impressive.
|Here's Coquina getting the same decision making help from Emma.|
Little did Coquina know that I was lurking nearby in "Duckweed Stealth Mode".
|As soon as she hit the water, I emerged and snatched her up.|
|Or did I?|
The hat in this pic seems dry and unweeded.
|After watching Peanut and Coquina get tossed off the dock, Bear strolled out onto the planks and did his best impression of a REAL BEAR, as if to say, " Yeah, just try that dog tossing thing on me."|
We did not.