Friday, May 7, 2010
Soaking Up the Sun
It is without question my favorite time of year here in the Central Valley of California. Everything is in bloom, the days are hot enough for a t-shirt but cool enough for jeans, and the promise of summer is evident in the glow of the morning sun.
My wonderful English Cream Golden Retrievers seem to sense the onset of warmer days too, most noticeably by testing out all of the pool furniture! I think Moses feels it's his personal responsibility to take all new puppies under his wing (paw?) and expose them to a fabulous discovery: human furniture. When he was 9 weeks old, Moses struggled mightily to climb onto all outdoor furniture, even if it meant falling over backwards in the process. Something in his regal lines just compelled him to be free of the lowly ground of common dogs!
And so, he has passed this determination on to all Nicholberry Goldens. As is obvious in this picture, he hasn't taught the boys to be gentlemen, because they are letting poor Tessa lie on the ground! But I have noticed that what was once Moses' bench (under the kitchen window) is now the Tessa/Callie bench, so I guess he has relented in some areas.
At any rate, I couldn't help but snap this picture of my dirty, but oh-so-content, golden retrievers soaking in the morning sun. I think they love this time of year as much as I do!