How many times have I sat at the keyboard thinking, “I’m going to write a blog entry today” only to find myself 3 weeks later thinking the same thing, again.
Life is busy right? I’m sure everyone feels the same. And when it’s not busy, we’re exhausted from the busy. We spend all this time feeling like we’re running in a circle chasing our tail, and then when we catch it, we fall asleep with it in our mouths.
So, blog, well actually I wrote this early Saturday morning sitting at the campsite but with no internet I saved it for the copy and paste!
Our seasonal camping time is coming to an end, only 2 more weekends left after this one….I will find another campground open later into the season so we can get a couple more fall camping trips in before everything closes, but I miss it already. The end is so depressing. Knowing that we’re going into 8 months of non camping season makes me feel so down.
Don’t get me wrong, I love winter and snow, I just hate not-camping.
Winter camping is on my bucket list, it wouldn’t be in the camper though.
Anyway, this blog is about Wheaton so let me tell you how he’s doing…
He’s such a character. We were at a little park last weekend, known for off leash but not actually off leash…we were in a more quiet end so I had the fur littles off leash and they were having fun in the brush getting good and dirty and full of burrs and twigs, and then I saw people in the distance with a bigger dog, it looked to be a border collie type. As they neared within shouting distance I asked “is your dog friendly?” Ready to test the “Wheaton’s better with new dogs when off his leash” theory. “Yes” came their reply. And we both had some relief as our dogs playfully barked and approached each other. Their dog, also a jerk when on leash (their same words), was approachable and Wheaton, though still barking, bounced toward the strange dog, his tail up and not tucked, his bounce playful and curious….
It’s so good to see him just be a dog. Not an anxious defender, not a scared insecure fraidy cat.
We haven’t been to the little dog play group for months so he hasn’t been around other dogs for off leash play for a while. Play group is Sunday’s (we’re usually just getting home from camping) and Tuesday’s (I’ve been staying at work late on Tuesdays).
We have plenty of our own hikes and wilderness walks just not big on the group activities right now. I’m not an overly social person to begin with, and grief and depression brings my introvert out (or should I say keeps my introvert in…haha…introvert joke there).
The point was, he played nice with a strange dog off leash. I don’t know what ever happened to him in his mill years, we know it wasn’t good, or what goes through his mind when he’s restrained and sees another dog but 4 years of love and safety and nothing bad ever happening to him has not erased that anxiousness he has, and may always have, and that’s ok with me. I’m not gonna push him.
Something else to mention, and I love when this happens, Daisy initiating the snuggle with him. For 4 years Wheaton has been wiggling and sneaking himself into Daisy’s personal space. Sometimes she stays and lets him curl up with her, sometimes she gives him a huff, followed by the stink eye, and then she moves to another spot….. but lately, while in the car seat bed, she had been snuggling up to him …and it is so cute!
He loves it!! He looks up at me and the look on his face is just pure calm bliss. He loves his sister, his Daisy, and when she snuggles up to him he knows she loves him too!
I sure don’t know what I ever did to be so blessed to share my life with these two little beasts but I’ll take it! I’m so lucky. I’m so grateful. They are the loves of my life. I want 40 more years, even then I’ll always want more.
Thanks for sticking around and patiently waiting for the next Wheaton update, we’re still here.