Sunday, April 19, 2015

I had the weirdest dream of my life last night. It wok me up and I could not fall back asleep because I could not stop thinking about it! This dream totally threw me off. In my dream, I was human! I had hands, fingers, a different face and mouth and hair! I could walk and talk and run on two feet! I have no idea how it happened or why even. I had no tail unfortunately though, which was definitely a downfall. But it was crazy, I felt on top of the world! I was so high up and could see everything. My sense of smell was not nearly as good though. I could smell, but not nearly as in depth as my dog side of me. Walking that tall and only with two feet and with feet rather than paws was a whole other story. It felt so, so, so weird. I didn't have floppy ears or fur all over, so it was a lot cooler. Most of all, I could TALK! I had a voice! It was amazing to be able to form words. I could whisper or scream, make noises other than barks and growls! In this dream, I was someone else entirely, while still being me. Same old Summer, just different body. Same personality, views and thoughts, just a different body. It was both a weird and exciting feeling. I can't exactly remember what I was doing though. All I remember is the glipse I got of what it would actually be like to be a human. After I woke up I started debating and comparing which way it would be wetter to live. Would it be better to live life as a human or a dog? Overall, I love my dog self. I love having a long tongue and having floppy ears. I love galloping through the yard on all four of my legs feeling the sun on my fur. I love using my nose to smell all sorts of strong smells, lick my peoples faces with my long tongue, and I just love being a dog more than anything else. I don't really think I would ever choose to be anything else, even if I got the option to. Sure, sometimes I think it would be cool to be human. But from that dream I got to see and feel what it would be like, and maybe that's all I needed.

I'm starting to feel insecure about myself slightly. I'll admit that in my kind of older age, I've let myself go a little bit. I may have gained a few pounds here or there but I don't see the problem. Anyway, the humans seem to think I need to be on a weight plan and have a certain amount of exercise a day. The food amount hasn't changed much, it's just minimized a little bit. Also, I get to go a walk, EVERY DAY. I am not bothered by this one bit, it makes me so happy. Like I have mentioned before, walks are one of my favorite things ever. Whenever they get the leash out or mention the world “walk” I jump up and come running! I jump around and get so impatient while they're getting their shoe things on or anything else they have to do. I can barely stay still enough for them to clasp the leash to my collar. Once we're all set, we leave out the front door and start our walk. Starting out I can't help but pull Kaylee, since she is usually the one holding my leash. I feel like I'm walking her in the beginning, I'm too excited to go slow. Walks compare to when I get lose, except with walks my humans don't get mad. Instead they seem to enjoy themselves just as much. Some nights the whole family comes, usually on nights where it's super nice and the kids don't have any homework. When everyone comes it's such a nice feeling doing something as a family and being a part of it. Like I've said with walks, smells just overwhelm me. When we walk in town compared to when we walk on trails in the woods is filled with completely different smells. In town, I catch scents of other people and their clothes as we walk by them, I smell food of all kinds because there are a few shops we walk by. There is an ice cream and snack shop that has hot dogs and fries and stuff like that which always makes me hungry. Then there is the smell of cars and the fumes that they put off, that smell isn't really one I prefer. In the trails though, I smell all sorts of plants and grass. I smell flowers, trees and bark, but mostly I smell other animals! So, you could say I prefer walking in the trails overall.

I would say that about 90 percent of the time, I am a fabulous pet. I don't pee or poop inside the house, I let the humans know when I have to go and they simply let me out to do my business. I don't beg or try to steal food when they're not looking either. I just sit and mind my own business let a good dog. I never get into anything when they are not home, I don't pee or poop when they're gone either. Instead, I hold it in until they come home. Now give or take, I may dribble some when they walk in the door but I can't help that I get so excited to see them! They don't mind that though. I play nicely with the kids and always sleep when they do rather than keeping them up, not to mention I am one of the best cuddlers in the whole world. Now, there is one thing I am not so proud of. Kaylee and Nate hate when I do this and I feel bad about it afterwords but in the moment I'm just so energetic it just overcomes me. Sometimes, when the gate in the backyard is open, and I smell or see something I want I chase after it. I chase and chase until I lose track of whatever interested me is gone. Then after that I always find other things I'm curious about. So naturally, I just keep wondering around and getting into things all over the neighborhood. Not to long after I get lose by the way, Kaylee and Nate find out or see me run for freedom and they chase after me in rage. They try their best to lure me in with my leash or a treat but in that moment, nothing interests me other than why I left in the first place. They try to run after me and tackle me even but I am just too fast. It's so fun and I feel like it's a game, but I don't think they feel the same way unfortunately. Eventually I let them catch me so they don't get so mad they don't want me anymore, even though I don't think they would ever do that. So they catch me, scold me thoroughly, and we head back to the house. We're all wore out, they're angry, and I'm both guilty and happy with my adventure.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I am honestly so glad I don't have a job or have to go to school like my humans. I have no responsibilities and I am completely fine with that. No stress or worrying, just play time and naps and backyard adventures. Now I don't mean to rub it in really, I just am so content that I've got to tell someone. Backyard adventures by the way, are the best. I could spend all day out there and lose track of time every single time. Especially when the sun is out and shining, it feels like heaven I swear! I run around and chew on sticks and chase my toys until I wear myself out. After that, I get a nice long drink and then I flop down to pant until I pass out in the warm sun. The sun feels so good on my fur it makes me the happiest dog on Earth. After my refreshing nap, I get up and wonder around the yard to see what I have missed, then I check into the door window to see what my humans may be up to. Sometimes, they see me peeking in and come out to pet me and I lick them until they stop me. Usually after that I go and gather a few of my toys and nudge them towards my people, whoever it may be this time. Then we play!! the backyard is also my favorite place to play with them because there is just so much room to run and move around! They throw the ball or squeaky toy as far as they can and I challenge myself to see how fast I can run and fetch it. Then usually, we both get hot and go inside and cool down for awhile. Something I've noticed is that my people just love watching TV, and I've grown to like it a lot too. It's actually really entertaining when you give it a chance. When they accidentally leave it on when they leave, it is fun to listen and watch whatever is playing. I bet you can't guess my favorite channel. If you guess anything but the animal planet, you're dead wrong. Of course, I love watching other animals. It's so interesting learning about other animals I didn't even know existed. Other than that, I'll watch whatever is playing. And if my humans see me turn my head and acting interested in the TV, they think it's the cutest and funniest thing ever.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

I've decided that everyone needs to know some more about my people. I'll start with my main person who I've been with for as long as I can remember, minus some milk drinking and barely being able to walk in some other place were I must have been born. Anyway, her name is Kaylee. She's practically my mother to me and she's my best friend. I remember the day I met her like yesterday, it was one of the happiest days of my life. She's got long blonde hair that I used to want to bite and chew on so bad, and bright blue eyes. She's kind of smaller than other women I've met, but I think she's just as strong if not stronger. She's so caring and she's made me into the pup I am today. Well, dog now, I was a pup. We've grown up together over the years and we love each other so much. I was there when she met Nate, and went on dates with the two of them even. I've went on picnics, fishing trips, car trips, long walks, even an outdoor movie! Then, I was there even on their big wedding day. Boy was that a day to remember too. And not long after that came the minis I've talked about. She became bigger for awhile, her belly looked gigantic! Then, one day it was small again and there was these two little tiny humans with them, and they never left after that day. Soon after this, I realized they were part of the family too, and it was my job to help protect and look over them. There's a boy and a girl and they look identical almost. Their names are Avery and Ellie. These too little humans are so entertaining, I can just sit there and bark or lick them and they giggle forever. It's the cutest thing really. I'd have to say that my favorite thing about them is the way they grab me and hug me. Sometimes both of them run and jump on me when they get home and they let me lick their faces for about 10 minutes. Then once they settle in in the evening, sometimes we all watch a movie in the living room. They always want to lay by me during the movie. They're so cuddly in the evenings, and they keep me so warm that all three of us end up falling asleep by the end of the movie. This is when Nate and Kaylee have to wake us up and carry all three of us to bed sometimes.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I sometimes wonder why people worry so much. It seems that humans make such a big deal out of things when things will really be okay. When somethings bothering me I just plop down and sleep it off. That's when I have the best dreams, the ones where I can hear the humans laughing at my moving legs or my barks that I let slip though in my sleep. Those naps are the best. Also, I've never really understood the idea of time. Time is inevitable, so why pay so much attention to it? I let days go by not worrying about when this is supposed to happen or why hasn't that happened. It gives me a sense of freedom. Why can't humans allow themselves that feeling? I get that they have human stuff they have to do, but I just don't grasp the idea of letting time take over and control your life. Anyway, who am I to say all of this? Maybe I'm just a totally laid back dog who's got a good life. I'll admit, I'm spoiled. I'm more than spoiled and beyond lucky actually. Even though sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a human, or a bird, or even a cat sometimes, I love being a dog. In my opinion, it's the best way to go through life, but that's just me. Although, I've always came across the want to be able to speak. Sometimes I just want to scream things! But I can't speak in words, all the humans hear is barks and growls. I can understand them though. I really enjoy sitting and listening to them converse with each other. It's so interesting to listen to them speak and then see what they have to say back in response. For me, all I have is actions. I can let them know how I'm feeling or what I'm thinking with my movements or actions. My tail by the way, it's awesome. I don't know why everyone doesn't have a tail, they're so cool! I may be a little bit bias, but I think the world would be a better place if everyone had tails. You would know when someone or something is on edge, or happy, or bummed, or scared, and even embarrassed. There's so much you can tell just from my tail movements, let alone my cute head tilting and licking.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hello world again, it's Summer. Speaking of summer... I miss it. That season is the best. Not only is it the best because it's named after me, but it's always so warm. It's warm every day! When it's warm out I get to go on walks almost every day and my people take me on more adventures! Everyone is home more often and the minis are always getting into fun stuff! Right now it's winter. It's just dragging along so slow and it feels like it's a never ending season of cold and days filled with sleeping. I just miss laying out in the grass with the sun shining down on my coat and feeling the breeze. The whole family is outside more and I'm always right by their side. Some of my favorite times is when the whole family goes outside, friends come over, and they all play games in the yard. I think I've heard them call it volleyball but I'm not quite sure. Another fun time is when we go bye byes in the car and we go to this pond way back in the woods and it's always so adventurous. There's so much space to run around, and don't get me started on the smells. I love being out in nature. My inner dog spirit feels so alive when I'm surrounded by all those smells of other animals. Deep down though, I know I'm where I'm supposed to be with my people. I wouldn't have it any other way. Sure, it would be enjoyable to go anywhere whenever I wanted to or see all kinds of things, but there's no better feeling than snuggling up with one of your humans at the end of the day. The love they show me is irreplaceable. We love each other and it's such a nice feeling knowing that they are my family and I'm part of theirs. I love Summer for one more reason, more walks and time outside of course, but also more time spent with my people. I couldn't ask for a whole lot more than that. I sometimes wonder what other dogs think about being either a pet or a stray dog that wonders all over the place. I wonder if those dogs wish they had a home like me, or if they like it that way. I know one thing, I'm happy right where I am.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hey there again! I just realized I never said what my name is. I'm Summer! I'm a five year old golden retriever mix, my mom was a retriever but I can't seem to remember what my dad was. I've heard some humans call me a mutt but it doesn't bother me because my people always say they love me and that I'm my own pretty breed. They always gawk over me when I'm laying in the sunlight, which feels so warm and amazing on my fur. But enough about me, I have a story to tell. Alright, so there is this bone my people gave me one morning. I think this day was special because everyone gathered around a tree that had been inside the house all month and they opened these boxes and there was a lot of hugging that day. Anyway, they gave me two bones! These bones were the bomb, I loved chewing and licking them so much but I was just so worried about someone hiding it that I had to beat them to it. So, I would play with it for five minutes or so and then I would sneak away while they weren't paying attention. I have the best hiding places by the way, and I have a specific technique in making sure it's not noticeable. I find the perfect spot, I dig at it until it's ready for the bone, and then I place the bone in the spot and push in down or in as far as my nose or paws can reach. Then I push things on top of my bone, like clothes or towels laying around. Then I rub my nose around that spot to mark my hiding spot. After that, the job is well done and I trot back into the room with them and lay down in a corner so they don't notice me suddenly appearing from another room. You'd think that bone would stay untouched for months but what do you know, an hour later one of the minis have found the bone and taunt me with it. And so the cycle repeats. Sometimes I must underestimate their attention or intelligence, and every time they prove me wrong. This is another reason why I love my humans. They're just the right amount of fun, but they don't play around when it comes to finding my bone.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Why do humans do the things they do? Why do they get smelly colorful food when I get dry and boring hard stuff? What's it mean when they have water coming from their eyes? And what on EARTH are those small hard objects they have in their hands staring at all day? These are just a few of the things I think about while they pet me or while I lay quite cozily on their laps. Oh and by the way, my people are awesome, there's a man and women who are the ones I've been with the longest, then there's a smaller mini girl and mini boy. The minis play with me more and it's so fun to lick their faces! Anyway, back to the questions I think about all the time. So about the whole “stare at small hard object all day” thing, I really don't understand what the point is. That thing they stare at doesn't even smell good or move. I mean, maybe its their window. Maybe they get as much entertainment in that thing as I do when I sit in my spot on the top of the couch and stare out my window. It's so perfect, it's the perfect view of my street, overlooking my big front yard but still allowing me to see all the houses by us and the road with those big fast moving things that I sometimes get to go in with my people! I'm not sure what that big moving thing is called yet but I do know that every time I go in it my people scream something about going bye byes to me and I get really excited. When they say those two words it means two things; it means I don't have to wait for them to get back like I am right now because I'll be with them, and I also get to stick my head out the window of the big fast moving thing, and that means smells! Smells everywhere! I get whiffs of this and whiffs of that and there's just so much out there to smell it's amazing! There's only one other thing other than “bye byes” that allows me to get a wide variety of smells, and that's walks! They may make me want to have another nap, but I get to smell so much! I sometimes get to meet other dogs and people too which is always interesting. Wait, what was that?! Oh my gosh they're home, I have to go, they're home!!