There's probably nothing that our dogs love more than the adventure of going for a walk.
And especially now after all the rainy days we endured last week.
(We received over a foot of rain last week!)
(Hickory, our 16 year old partially blind gal, gets the luxury of taxi service!)
The good news is....
the ground is starting to dry.
There is very little water running on top of the land anymore.
Puddles remain in low lying areas... but these will also dry with time.
Last evening Hubbs and I took our five favorite friends for a walk to the barn
and the "soccer" field (as we call it) next to the barn.
Playing ball is another of their favorite activities.
Playing ball has different meanings for each of them.
For Sadie, playing ball is a spectator sport.
For Maddie, it is a game of little effort.
In fact, she lies down for this game.
Hubbs lofts the ball in the direction of her mouth,
and catching the ball is her only energy expenditure.
For Oakley, it is another game all together.
Hubbs throws the ball with a launcher,
and Oakley runs after it with lightning speed,
every muscle in his body in peak performance....
an athletic machine.
For Sam, playing ball is just another chance to annoy Oakley.
He has no desire to chase a ball,
but to hang onto Oakley's tail....
now that's a fun game!
While all this is happening in the field,
Hickory spends her time searching the barn
for anything edible.
And of course, no activity is complete without the participation of three turkeys!
I am hoping that today our front pasture will finally dry enough
that the horses can go out and romp.
Moonbeam and I have been trail-riding through the woods,
but nothing beats hours of grazing on luscious green grass
and romping with your buddies...
I have noticed a distinct change in the air.
I think that autumn is upon us now...
with cool days and even cooler nights.
The leaves have just begun to change color slightly.
I love this time of year...
a welcomed break from the heat and humidity of summer...
a welcomed break for both the dogs and the horses!
Has autumn arrived where you are, too?
(PS....as I type this, I hear the sound of distant thunder....