MEANWHILE, back on the farm: Winter comes and goes, like a hummingbird flitting in, darting out. One day it’s snowy and cold, the next it’s sunny and in the high 40’s. Saturday was balmy–we took the dogs on a long walk in a friend’s woods and they came home sopping with black mud. On Sunday the ground was frozen, but not too slippery, so their friend Remus was able to come play. He belongs to Janna Light, a Karen Pryor Academy graduate and owner of Paws and Effect pet sitting business, and Remus instantly became one of Willie and Maggie’s best friends.
Is there anything more joyful than watching dogs play well together? Lots of things compete (grandchildren playing chase with grandpa, laughing with friends ’til your rib cage hurts), but I’m not sure that much beats it.
Here’s something else that brings winter happiness: One of my new Amarylis from White Flower Farm bloomed over night. You can see from the photos of the dogs playing why I crave color so much in winter–the dogs and field are lovely, but a study in brown, black and white. I suspect that colorful house flowers keep me sane over the winter. (That and knowing that we get to go to Mexico in early March. I’ll be speaking with a host of others, including Dr. Pamela Reid, Roger Mugford, Steve and Jen White at the Congreso Internacional de Comportamiento Animal in Mexico City. Oh boy. If you’ll be there, come up and say ¡hola!
And here’s a bud below, soon to bloom too.
Here’s to good things blooming soon in your life too. Anything you are looking forward to?