Down by the River Where the Green Grass Grows…

(Alternative title: You Dirty Dog!)

Since it was such a beautiful day yesterday (yay!!!) my daughter and I decided to take Aspen on a nice, long walk down by the river. On our way home, Aspen spotted this path to the water:

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Apparently she thought it looked quite inviting because when I tried to continue down the walking path, she did this:

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This is her new trick when she doesn’t want to go somewhere. She sits down and drapes her paw over her leash. That is her, “No, Mom! I don’t want to go that way!” signal. I told her I understood that as a retriever, she has an inherent love of the water, but that I have an inherent love of staying on schedule and we really needed to be getting home. Well, Aspen’s an adaptable dog. If she couldn’t go in the river, I guess she figured she’d have to make do with this:

IMG_0812By the time I got her out and home, she looked like this:

IMG_8318Memo to self: Next time, just let the dog go in the river. It will save you time in the long-run!

Dog Day at the Interior Department

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All too often, there often isn’t much in politics or the news to make people smile but here is a story I think all dog lovers can get behind. Employees at the Interior Department were invited to bring their dogs to work yesterday, and 85 four-legged friends accompanied their politician parents, sleeping under desks and attending various meetings. The result was, predictably, adorable and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hopes to expand the program. Dogs may not make the government run more smoothly or effectively, but they sure would make it a lot cuter and more fun!

Check out the full story and more pictures of puppy cuteness here:

Interior Dept. launches ‘Doggy Days,’ becoming first federal agency to welcome pets

Howdy, Neighbor!

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Our next-door neighbors adopted two sweet kittens about a year ago, and Aspen has spent that last year trying desperately to go visit them. As tends to happen with girls who come on a little too strong, however, she kept getting rebuffed. Over and over again. Until yesterday, this happened. A moment of inter-species rapprochement. Right after I snapped this photo of peace and harmony, however, Aspen got a little over-excited and started doing her puppy dance, which the cat had absolutely no interest in witnessing. He promptly jumped the fence and the moment was over, but hey, at least it could be the start of a new friendship and made for a cute photo op in the meantime.

A Sunshiny Day

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Here in the Pacific Northwest, it has been wet. Really wet. Like set-all-kinds-of-records kind of wet. But yesterday, the sunshine finally came out and we were over 60 degrees, so I took Aspen for nice, long, well-deserved walk. We went along the riverbank and unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo there, but did take this one near campus. I think Aspen is about as excited to see the sun as I am!

No Excuses

I have no excuses. Truly. I wish I had some pithy explanation for my blogging absence, but I really don’t. First there was the election, and then the holidays, and then in mid-February, an interior design project that took up all of my time for six weeks, and then a trip to the lake. That still doesn’t quite adequately explain it, though, does it? Just inertia, I guess. But I am back and I’ll try to stick around. 😉

Since I still have interior design on my mind, I just had to share this image of a doggy feeding station because it’s gorgeous. When it was published, some people questioned its practicality, but I think it’s both an attractive and practical solution to pet bowls in the kitchen. (The Vineyard Vines leash on the counter is a nice touch, as well.) Because even though one has pets, one still wants to be stylish!

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The rest of this beautiful home can be viewed here:  http://bit.ly/2mTw5wm

Updates on Miss Aspen soon!

Canine Connoisseurs

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I love art. Before that birth of my fourth child, I spent several years volunteering as a docent at our nearby art museum, and I’m hoping to get back into it now that everyone is off to school.  So when I saw this article, combining two of my loves-dogs and art-I just had to share! The exhibit, which opened in London late last month, featured art specifically geared toward our canine friends, featuring colors within their visual range and hung low at their eye-level. There were even interactive displays, including a ball pit and a car window simulator. Fun and creative, no? I’m hoping something similar comes stateside!

So what do you think? Do you think dogs can enjoy fine (or, in this case, fun!) art?